Lower School

Pre-K–Grade 5

August 29
US Orientation for 9th Grade
8:30 AM-12:00 PM
August 29
US Musical Preseason Rehearsal
6:15 PM-8:00 PM
August 30
US Orientation for 9th and All New Students
8:30 AM-3:00 PM
August 31
First Day of School
September 01
MS Back to School Night
6:15 PM-9:30 PM
September 02
Meet the New US Dean of Students
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
September 05
SCHOOL CLOSED for Labor Day
September 08
Upper School Back to School Night
6:45 PM-9:00 PM
September 10
Partners Kick-Off Celebration
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
September 15
Lower School Back-to-School Night
6:45 PM-8:45 PM

Lower School Academics

Park’s task is to engage children in experiences that will encourage and sustain their innate curiosity and joy in learning.

Our Lower School Community

Park is not only a school, but also an extension of home for all community members — students, faculty, staff, and parents.

Park Pre-K and Kindergarten

Learn more about our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs — the first steps in the Park Lower School journey.

Our community of engaged lifelong learners gets its start here.

Get a glimpse into a Day in the Life:

ABOUT THE LOWER SCHOOL

Children learn and retain information best when they see the connections among ideas.

The Lower School curriculum is structured around thematic studies that weave together history, social studies, geography, literature, science, math, and the arts.

For example, fifth graders explore the medieval world, construct catapults, investigate medieval trades and customs, and perform Lower School librarian Laura Schlitz’s Newbery Award winning monologues depicting the lives of medieval children. Through the integrated study of a particular theme, students hone their math, writing and conceptual skills as they develop a rounded and rich perspective.

In addition to teaching fundamental skills, our teachers encourage Lower School students to become independent thinkers, responsible for their own work. Classrooms serve as model communities where ideas are discussed, differences in perspectives are welcomed, and people work cooperatively. Students learn first how to act effectively as members of the classroom community, and proceed through Lower School participating in the greater school community and beyond.

“It is really fun to figure out math problems, especially when they are really hard!”
– Clay, Grade 2
Clay, Grade 2

Park students are inquisitive, show and earn respect, and are mature beyond their years.

Are you looking to apply to Park’s Lower School?

How to Apply
Take a look at the application steps to see what is required.
Start Your Application
Applications for the 2023-24 school year are now open.
Affording Park
Our need-based Tuition Assistance makes a Park education affordable.

School & Student Resources

Below you’ll find links to important information about a number of resources at school for students and families.