About The Lower Elementary School
The Lower Elementary School (LES) program caters to children starting at 4+ years of age in Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K), to 7+ years of age in Grade 2. There are approximately 515 students enrolled in the LES division, comprised of around 47 nationalities.
While the Pre-K school day runs from 7:55 am – 12:30 pm, students in Kindergarten (KG) to Grade 2 have a full school day, which ends at 3:00 pm, punctuated with small breaks for snack and recess; as well as a longer lunchtime break. On Tuesday afternoons, students are dismissed at 12:30 pm in order to provide faculty with the opportunity to participate in Professional and Collaborative Time (PACT).
Students engage in core curricula schooling in homeroom settings, characterized by class sizes ranging from 15 students per class in Pre-K to 20 students per class in Grade 2, and are taught by qualified and dedicated educators. There are seven sections at every grade level, each assigned to one homeroom teacher with a full time learning assistant. Two LES Guidance Counselors work closely with both students and teachers to promote school values and life skills.
Students in KG to Grade 2 attend physical education, music and art lessons twice a week, and Pre-K students attend physical education, music and art lessons once a week; as their school day ends at 12:30 pm. This in addition to scheduled library and information technology lessons taking place once a week, and IT integration embedded in curricular units across all subject areas. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is offered to students who are native speakers of Arabic starting in KG. Students in Grades 1 and 2 all have the opportunity to attend instruction in the following world languages: Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL), Spanish as a Foreign Language, and MSA (eligible students only). Students who require additional learning and intervention support, and/or further exposure to English as an Additional Language (EAL) instruction, receive these services through the LES Support Services department and their homeroom teachers.
The school year is divided into three trimesters, with end of trimester reporting and two conferences scheduled each year; one being a parent/teacher conference, and the other being a three-way/student-led conference.