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Lower School Curriculum Overview

The Lower School curriculum is a balanced program designed to teach each student at his or her developmental level. In designing the program, we start with the question, “Who is the learner?” in order to develop age-appropriate curriculum and teaching methods for each grade.

At the same time, we base each grade on a solid academic core designed to prepare our students for the next level in a rigorous continuum that stretches from Pre-K through 12th grade. At every level we cultivate adventurous minds.

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.


Attend our Lower School Open House to learn more about how our unique approach combining rigor and support leads to success in college and beyond.

Wednesday, May 7, 4:30 - 6:00 pm


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

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2014 Summer Reading

The 2014-2015 Summer Reading lists will be published when they are available.

2013 Summer Reading Lists

*Please note the changes to the History department list.

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