The Lower Division is where life at Allen-Stevenson begins. It is the home of our youngest students, who are intensely curious about the world around them, as well as excited about learning. The Lower Division curriculum is designed to build on this natural curiosity and to channel the enthusiasm of the boys into a lifelong love for learning, discovery and understanding.
The Lower Division at Allen-Stevenson encompasses Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. During these five years the boys are exposed to a rich, broad curriculum through which they develop a strong foundation of basic academic skills, as well as a vast range of experiences in which they can learn, create and imagine, culminating in the Fourth Grade with opportunities to lead.
The program challenges each boy as appropriate and helps develop a love of reading and writing, competence in and excitement about mathematics, and the beginning skills of inquiry and research. The boys explore the worlds of music, art, and drama, giving voice to their creative spirits, and participate every day in physical activities that utilize the boys’ innate need for movement and exercise. Spanish is introduced to the boys in Kindergarten.
Each boy is known well by his teachers and much attention is given to providing the best education for him as an individual. With many opportunities for success, he can develop his confidence. Small classes and instructional groups provide the vehicle for achieving these goals.
The Lower Division helps each boy become a responsible and independent student, one who is a creative thinker, respectful of himself and others, and appreciative of the differences amongst people.