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The Lower School is made up of one class of 24 boys, a lead teacher and an assistant teacher at each grade level K-4. The Lower School's small size supports a strong sense of community, which is also reinforced through our chapel program, human development curriculum, and regular class meetings and community circles. We strongly believe in creating a safe learning environment that respects and honors difference and the individual needs of our students. Our curriculum is differentiated across all academic subject areas and uses current research to inform our curricular choices.
The Lower School curriculum is made up of learn-by-doing, boy-friendly lessons and activities that make use of manipulatives, movement and flexible small groups. Subject areas are integrated when possible to activate interest, give context to the skills and content taught, and maximize interest. Lower School teachers continue to refine the curriculum through their ongoing and extensive professional development.
We have been excited about the Lower School's focus on environmental sustainability and service learning. Many service learning projects and efforts, such as school-wide composting and supporting Bayview Mission, enrich the boys’ experiences, serve and support the CSB and outside communities, and minimize our ecological footprint. Also, we have embraced project-based learning within the mathematics curriculum. Project-based learning asks students to apply skills and knowledge while problem solving in the world around them.