Trevor’s Lower School program empowers students, ages 2.8 through 10, to develop skills, knowledge, and strategies for learning and questioning throughout their education. Students build strong academic foundations while also pursuing emerging interests and developing the identities they will have as lifelong learners.
Students follow a classic Lower School curriculum to prepare for entry into the Middle School and the college-preparatory Upper School program. Students pursue academic excellence in a robust and well-rounded program that includes reading, writing, language arts (spelling, handwriting, grammar), mathematics, science, social studies, world language, technology and computer science, art, music, physical education, and library. Skilled teachers and inquiry-based learning methodologies further enliven this dynamic curriculum, helping to advance each child’s ability to think analytically and creatively. In the process, students’ natural curiosity is continually satisfied and expanded—thus inspiring a joy for learning.
Community building and group membership help children make the transition from home to a school environment. Expert head teachers lead every classroom, with support from associate teachers in Nursery through Grade 2. Specialists in music, physical education, Spanish, art, and library work with the children every week, and recreational physical activity and outdoor play is also an important part of the schedule for every grade.
The curriculum is dynamic, developmentally appropriate, and includes many opportunities for inquiry-driven and hands-on experiences. Because children learn and work at varying rates, Trevor designs its curriculum to engage students at different levels. To challenge children, content is often pushed to the edge of students’ understanding and competence levels. This approach works because the Trevor classroom is known to students as a safe place to take intellectual risks and to explore new areas of study