Love Learning From The Start

At the Lower School, our goal is to build a foundation for lifelong curiosity and confident learning. Our teachers provide individual attention and are responsive to the academic and developmental needs of each student. During these foundational years, the Lower School program encourages collective discovery, achievement, and challenge while fostering respect for community and individuality.

Lower School by the Numbers:

  • Our community includes approximately 270 students 
  • Full-time classroom teachers and assistants: 20 
  • Support and specialized instruction personnel: 15 
  • Kindergarten through second grade: 14 to 15 students per class 
  • Third through fifth grade: 22 to 23 students per class

Welcome to the Lower School

In the Lower School, we recognize the importance of these early educational years, when students are mastering essential skills and discovering their place in the larger world. Our goal is to create a school community that is both welcoming and challenging—a place where children come to learn with a playful spirit and find the confidence to experiment and excel as they grow.

We devote our attention to both academic growth and social-emotional development, knowing that both are essential to our students as scholars and as people. Our teachers work closely together to maintain a strong core curriculum that builds on acquired skills as students progress through each grade. At the same time, our teachers are all dedicated experts, working continually to bring new ideas and methods into their individual subject areas.

At Poly, we view each child’s education as a partnership in which parents, teachers, and child work together to foster intellectual and personal growth. In the same way, we also consider ourselves in partnership with the larger community, instilling in our students a desire to serve others and to become contributing citizens. We strive to cultivate a respect for others and a powerful curiosity that we hope will travel with our students throughout their lives.

I invite you to attend a fall open house to visit our campus and meet some of our faculty. I look forward to welcoming you in person to the Lower School!

Paula Martin
Lower School Director

Upcoming Events

List of 5 events.

  • Oct
    2

    LGBTQ+ Reconciliation Forum - VIRTUAL

    VIRTUAL
  • Oct
    13

    Poly GIP Virtual Event: Outreach 360 and its educational work

    With Coco Barrett, Outreach 360's Nicaragua Director and Alma Fletes, Site Director In the last two years Nicaragua has been beset by internal strife and most recently plagued by COVID-19. In the midst of these crises, Outreach 360, an educational organization with whom Poly has partnered the last seven years, has not only managed to survive, but pivoted in ways that has enabled its students to thrive. Coco and Alma will talk about life in Nicaragua, the tenets of their highly successful and extremely well-run organization, their commitment to the students and families of Jinotega, and their core principles which enhance international collaborative efforts. Coco and Alma will provide inspiration, understanding, and truly authentic principles of global service. link to register for event.
  • Oct
    18

    Virtual Book Fair

    The Fall Book Fair this year has gone virtual. This will be a week-long event (10/18-10/23) to promote literacy, highlight DEI, and celebrate our Poly Community. There will be several zoom events throughout the week for students and parents to participate in. These events include guest authors, read-a-longs, a book discussion with John Bracker, and much more!
    VIRTUAL
  • Oct
    19

    Virtual Book Fair

    The Fall Book Fair this year has gone virtual. This will be a week-long event (10/18-10/23) to promote literacy, highlight DEI, and celebrate our Poly Community. There will be several zoom events throughout the week for students and parents to participate in. These events include guest authors, read-a-longs, a book discussion with John Bracker, and much more!
    VIRTUAL
  • Oct
    20

    Virtual Book Fair

    The Fall Book Fair this year has gone virtual. This will be a week-long event (10/18-10/23) to promote literacy, highlight DEI, and celebrate our Poly Community. There will be several zoom events throughout the week for students and parents to participate in. These events include guest authors, read-a-longs, a book discussion with John Bracker, and much more!
    VIRTUAL