Grades 1- 5
From the Lower School Department Head
Welcome to the Lower School!
The Lower School at CES is a special place. As you arrive on our beautiful campus, you will immediately see children excited about the day ahead. Our Lower School program provides a superior academic opportunity within the framework of a warm and nurturing Christian environment. Our exceptional faculty are dedicated and passionate about teaching. They recognize the uniqueness of each child while building a strong foundation in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science and the arts. As you walk through the classrooms, you will find students engaging in hands on activities and collaborative learning. Students are taught to be independent thinkers who are comfortable taking risks and problem solving.
Each grade level in the Lower School enjoys special activities, events and field trips. Many of these include: 1st grade Bug Bash, 2nd grade Post Office, 3rd grade World’s Fair, 4th grade Popcorn Company and 5th grade Dauphin Island trip. These activities provide students the opportunity to achieve and discover themselves beyond the traditional academic setting.
Lower School students participate in bi-weekly chapel services and Christian education classes to nurture spiritual growth. With the support of the Lower School counselor, students are guided by the School’s Operating Principles to learn the importance of being a good friend and CES student. Our students also visit enrichment classes for music, art, physical education, Spanish, library, character education and Christian education.
Whether students are visiting the CES barn to learn about animal habitats, canoeing on the Christwood pond or dissecting owl pellets in a science class, you will always see students engaged in the learning process. Our comprehensive program gives our students many opportunities to prepare for a lifetime love of learning.
Lower School Head
The Lower School
The early elementary years are an enchanting time as children grow into themselves and begin to gain the confidence and competence to succeed socially, emotionally and academically. Whether it be on an imaginary world tour exploring customs, cultures, and celebrations of various countries or simply discovering the wonders of own school grounds, children are encouraged to explore, question, build, question again and reconstruct their understandings so as to become empowered to become lifelong learners.