Welcome to the Lower School!
I fell in love with Catlin Gabel when I first stepped foot on the campus in 2002, and my feeling remains unchanged.
Our teachers are masters in understanding how children learn and grow cognitively, emotionally, socially, physically, creatively and ethically. We are devoted to every aspect of a child’s development.
Teaching is about building relationships. Once teachers, students, and parents form healthy bonds, there is no limit to the learning that can happen. In the Lower School, we teach the children for up to five years so we take particular pride in getting to know our students well.
We know that children learn by doing, and we know that learning is a highly creative process where children build their own understanding. That’s why our students are given the freedom to make many of their own choices. Early on, children learn that with freedom comes the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning. We encourage calculated risks and expect children to behave responsibly toward others and their environment. We make sure our children have a strong foundation in literacy development, mathematical thinking, science, social studies, art, PE, health, woodshop, and music. Starting in first grade students choose to study either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.
Head of the Lower School