Lower School

Light-Filled, Child-Centered, Curriculum-Driven

Our vision for a campus transformation includes an Academic Village with a new lower school designed for our curriculum and teachers, for what research tells us about the way children learn and grow, and to provide our students with the knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in a complex world.

The new lower school will reshape learning for our youngest students and unite pre-K to 12 students in a vibrant academic community.

This new building will feature:

  • Learning communities on three levels: pre-K, K and 1 on the first floor; grades 2 and 3 on the second floor; and grades 4 and 5 on the third floor
  • Multilevel library
  • Spaces for studio, movement, flex; language, art, science, music; IdeaLab, woodshop
  • Outdoor learning spaces
  • Hardscape and natural play spaces

The campus master planning project determined that the very best place to build the new lower school now, as well as for the future development of our 47-acre campus, is on the site of the current field house. Moving the functions of the field house to a new Athletics and Wellness Center adjacent to Maguire Field creates the opportunity to build the lower school in the best location—and create a vibrant, collective Academic Village.

Lower School Stories

Learning to Learn Remotely
Project Stormwater: Students Tackle Environmental Challenge
Life Skills on the Run
Fourth Grade Runs the World, Achieves Peace
Finding Balance: Wellness at Penn Charter
Modern Language Program Wins Top Award
Film Crew for BBC Films in Third Grade
Advancements in Language Program
The IdeaLab: Where Ideas Come to Life

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