Beginning & Lower School

science class first grade

At Catlin Gabel Beginning and Lower School, we honor childhood. While giving our students the space and time to be young, we also build their agency and capabilities by inspiring them to be big. Our teachers are masterful experts at attending to each child’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development while harnessing the power of their natural curiosities.

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Children learn by building their own understandings. Our students are given the freedom to make many of their own choices and learn, early on, that with freedom comes responsibility. We encourage thoughtful, intentional risks and expect children to behave responsibly toward others and their environment.

Students learn to listen to others, appreciate different perspectives, and work together to solve problems. We cultivate their sense of self—they learn to manage their emotions, thoughts, and energy—while helping them to become responsible members of community.

In the Beginning and Lower School, students engage in wondering, investigating, hypothesizing, building understandings, and developing academic skills. It’s a place of joyful, natural, purposeful learning.

Dawn Isaacs,
Head of Beginning and Lower School