Lower School Student Life
Flint Hill’s Lower School is a caring community where learning is a meaningful and joyful experience. In addition to substantive projects and academic work, our students’ capacity for curiosity, discovery and in-depth exploration is celebrated through engaging activities that stimulate and instruct them in age-appropriate ways.
A component of the Responsive Classroom approach, Morning Meeting is an engaging and positive way for students to begin each day, building a strong sense of community and preparing the children for emotional, social and academic success. Each morning, students and their teachers gather in a circle for 20-30 minutes to interact with one another in four purposeful ways: greeting, sharing, participating in an activity and reflecting on a morning message.
Inspiration extends the Morning Meeting experience to include the entire Lower School community. Students and teachers come together to share traditions and special events being celebrated within the community, discuss topics from the academic and specialist areas represented in the Lower School and nurture students’ capacities for leadership.
Introduced during the fall of 2014, mindfulness is part of a curriculum designed to complement Flint Hill’s Wellness Program. Using lessons grounded in neuroscience, students learn to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in the focused concentration required for academic success.
Flint Hill offers enrichment clusters that allow students work together in mixed age groups to explore topics of their choice in depth. These groups will give your child the opportunity to delve into engaging topics, put academic principles into practice and collaborate with peers to create substantive and relevant projects. Teachers and outside subject matter experts facilitate each group, with students taking the lead in exploring each topic. Cluster topics range from genealogy and building with LEGO® bricks, to robotics and architecture.
After-School Clubs and Activities
Flint Hill offers a variety of age-appropriate after-school clubs and activities to broaden a student’s interests, with sessions offered during the fall, winter and spring. Offerings available to Lower School students have included: Little Scholars: Bulls and Bears – Stock Market Challenge; All Star Tech: LEGO® Robotics and Little Scholars: Girls Only Reading Club.
Field Studies and Experiential Learning
The Lower School Field Studies program includes outdoor and experiential programs for students in Junior Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Activities are integrated with the curriculum and take place both on and off campus.
Fourth Grade Buddies
Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are paired with Fourth Graders, who serve as mentors and “buddies” for the younger children. In addition, First and Third Grade students often partner for service and other Lower School events. The buddies meet regularly to collaborate on projects, play games and attend School events together.
Monthly Classroom Visits
On the third Friday of each month, parents are invited to visit their child’s classroom to hear first hand about his or her learning and see any projects he or she may have been working over the past few weeks. Following the classroom visit, parents participate in a coffee with the director of the lower school to talk about the work or learning observed during the classroom visit.
Brown Bag Lunches
To further support students in pursuing their interests, abilities and passions, we encourage the children to explore a variety of topics beyond the scope of the regular curriculum. Throughout the academic year, Flint Hill invites a variety of speakers to share their careers, talents and hobbies with students in the First through Fourth Grades in a brown bag lunch setting. The topics vary from science, business and sports, to global cultures, music and art.