Welcome to the Beginning School!
Travel across the Fir Grove, and through the doors of the Beginning and Lower Schools, and you will be surrounded by the hum of children joyfully, naturally, purposefully learning.
Here at Catlin Gabel, 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.
Students are engaged in wondering, investigating, hypothesizing, building understandings, and developing academic skills in service to their intellectual endeavors. Beginning in 1st grade, children choose to study either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. Preschool through 5th grade they build a strong foundation in literacy, mathematical thinking, science, social studies, art, PE, wellness, woodshop, and music.
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.
To contribute and find success in the world, we know our children will need to be able to listen to others, appreciate different perspectives, and work together to solve problems. This journey begins in the earliest years. We cultivate a child’s sense of self—they learn to manage their emotions, thoughts, and energy—while we simultaneously help children to see outside of themselves and become responsible members of community.
The Beginning and Lower School is a joy-filled place—I hope you will come for a visit!
Head of Beginning and Lower School