Lower School (Grades 1-4)
In alignment with the Gulliver mission, our Lower School program (grades 1-4) is designed to provide a student-centered, college preparatory education fostering well-rounded and successful 21st century learners. Personalized instruction is a cornerstone of the Academy, while cross-disciplinary learning and multicultural perspectives are reinforced.
The rigorous curriculum promotes creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information fluency, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. By combining disciplines throughout each day, students gain meaningful lessons that translate to the real world.
Students are immersed in technology-rich classrooms that connect them to the digital universe with devices such as iPads and Chromebooks. Gulliver is also proud of its leading-edge STEM programs, which promote students’ ingenuity and develop 21st century skills.
Our Spanish program focuses on a natural approach to instruction for both heritage and non-heritage speakers. Students benefit from broadening their oral and written skills while learning about different Spanish speaking cultures.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) encourages inquiry, risk taking, and engagement in experiential learning. Through structured approaches, students grow as problem solvers and innovators.
Fine Arts and Performing Arts are hallmark programs of the Lower School. Students attend art and music classes weekly. In fourth grade, each child selects an instrument in orchestra or band or participates in chorus. Well-attended performances serve as culminating activities and demonstrations of progress in musical talent.
Physical Education, a five-day-a-week program, includes units of basic skills essential to a child’s physical growth and development, as well as yoga, swimming, tennis, Mileage Club, health, and character development with a strong emphasis on sportsmanship.
Lower School is committed to research-based programming that fosters empathy, positive self-esteem and resiliency. Our program also teaches students how to understand and manage their emotions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to make responsible decisions.
We also strive to create a connected community of learners. We support students in being their best selves and becoming lifelong emotional problem solvers.