Welcome to the Lower School

Dear Families,

 

Children are considered to be the fastest learners because of their natural state of wonder and curiosity. Creativity is the mechanism which allows for new learning to move from their heads, to their hearts, and to their hands. To inspire lifelong love of learning and innovation, curiosity and creativity are the foundational pillars of education at the Lower School. This is achieved through inquiry-driven, hands-on, learner-centric, and experiential curricula. Rather than tell students what to do and how to do it, learners are guided through provocative questions, provided materials and parameters, and given agency to discover the solutions for themselves. This approach generates original and transformative learning pathways as well as instills self-efficacy. A hallmark of this pedagogy is the bi-monthly engineering challenges, which are proposed and presented during school-wide assemblies.

AVS's unique STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) program drives critical and creative thinking as well as necessitates the integration of different subject areas. This interdisciplinary and collaborative approach of considering topics through multiple lenses is an exemplary way to educate 21st-century learners and future thought leaders so they can confidently undertake real-world challenges.

To learn more about our educational ecosystem, please visit the Lower School curriculum overview page.

In partnership,

Katie Gibbons

Head of Lower School

© 2019 Alta Vista School

for curious young minds 

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