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

Virtual Tour of Poly's Lower School!

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

    Asian Affinity Group Peer Mentorship Kick-Off

    Peer-to-peer mentorship event for the Asian Affinity Group student-members. This event is open to the Asian Affinity Group student-members in Lower, Middle, and Upper School.
  • Oct

    Virtual K-2 LS Parent/Guardian DEI Listening Forum

    We invite all parents and guardians in the lower school to join fellow Poly parent, alum and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Dr. Michaela Mares-Tamayo as she moderates a listening forum. Share candid questions, engage in conversation and listen to fellow parents/guardians about their hopes and challenges in regards to DEI within the Poly community. Please RSVP here and submit any confidential questions or thoughts in advance using this form.
  • Oct

    Lower School DEI Zoom Meeting

    Lower School DEI Zoom Meeting. Zoom link.
  • Oct

    Mid-Autumn Open House at the Lower School, 2021

    North Campus - Founders Hall, North Campus - Grace Henley Patio, North Campus - Dining Commons Patio, North Campus - K-2 Playground/courtyard
  • Oct

    School Photo Make Up Day

    For students and adults to retake school photo IDs and pictures.
    North Campus - Founders Hall