Lower School Program
The Lower School Program at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis offers an academically challenging program rooted in an intentional social and emotional learning. Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students thrive in small classes that maintain low student-to-teacher ratios.
Our Lower School Program draws its inspiration from the Project Approach. Developed by educators Lilian Katz and Sylvia Chard and recognized by leading educators, the Project Approach is centered on an in-depth study of a real-world topic. Guided by their teachers, students discuss their previous experiences with the topic and share their questions and interests on the subject as they begin their exploration and research.
In developing the Lower School curricula, our educators apply their understanding of
- each child's unique learning profile and pattern of development,
- the innate passion that children have for exploring their world,
- when children learn best independently and when they learn best in a collaborative setting,
- and the role that service learning opportunities play in making learning real.
Our educators have created a program that ensures students
- master the knowledge and skills appropriate for each child at each grade level
- apply knowledge and skills to real-life situations
- build on prior knowledge and expand current skills through self-initiated and guided research
- gain in-depth understanding of topics, relationships, and systems, and
- sustain curiosity, wonder, and joy in their learning.
The principles developed by the founders of the Northeast Foundation for Children are the foundation for our school’s social curriculum. We built upon this foundation in our Lower School Program using the structures outlined in the Responsive Classroom, an approach based on the belief that the better the relationships are in a school, the more successful the students can be, both academically and socially. We believe our social curriculum is at the heart of our students’ success as they embrace learning, engage in the community and advance into the 21st century with confidence.