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Lower School Curriculum Overview

Designed to support the development of foundational skills while nurturing a love of learning, Shipley’s Lower School curriculum is academically rigorous, intellectually challenging and engaging yet flexible to address the individual needs of children. Strengthened through the resources and experience of a pre-K through 12th grade school, the curriculum emphasizes deeply rooted learning, harnessing children’s natural curiosity and creativity, cultivating risk-taking and fostering confidence. At Shipley, the Lower School curriculum is purposely forward looking, as we integrate new educational research, continually examine what we define as best practice, and actively participate in the world beyond the school. 


Meet our Head of Lower School Tim Lightman, and hear Upper School students sharing their favorite Lower School memories.


Discover how Shipley teachers engage students in a creative and innovative way with the Knights and Castles research project in Kindergarten.


Flip through a day in the life of a Shipley kindergartner and visit art, music, physical education, and science classrooms.

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