The years spent in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade are some of the most important, as they establish the strong foundation in academics, Global citizenship, character, and social-emotional intelligence. Palm Valley’s Lower School offers a program that develops students in these areas through a safe, nurturing environment that seeks to encourage students to become active, lifelong learners.
Our teachers are highly qualified, caring individuals who are passionate about their students. Walk into any classroom, and you’ll feel the excitement and joy of learning. Instruction is delivered through small collaborative groups, whole-group, and individualized instruction and Project Based Learning. We have a gifted clustering program as well as an on-site Learning Specialist to help support students with Individualized Learning Plans.
Students in the Lower School enjoy classes in Art, Global Studies, Technology, Music, and daily Physical Education with qualified specialist Teachers. We also have a SmartLab where students can create, problem-solve and collaborate with peers to develop their higher order thinking skills.
Beginning in Kindergarten, students learn social and emotional skills through the use of classroom meetings discussions, and role play. Developing these skills allows students to understand other perspectives, make sound choices, and know and manage themselves. Our faculty are trained in the No Bully.org program. Through this, students learn to manage conflicts and make good decisions.
Ask any Alumni, Family, or Student about what makes Palm Valley Lower School special, and they will say the community. This is built through our close teacher-student connections, communication, and partnership with families, and our many cultural and family events and presentations throughout the year. Some of these programs include Family Math Night, Coffees with the Head of Lower School, and the Talent Show. Cultural presentations include members from the community who share their traditions such as Dia de Los Muertos, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Native American Bird Dancers.
Though we have high academic expectations, we strive to develop and nurture the students’ social and emotional learning, respect for diversity, and a responsibility to self and others.