Lowell's carefully designed and implemented curriculum asks students to examine ideas, actions, and the world around them from multiple perspectives and to express their growing knowledge in multiple ways. It facilitates not only the acquisition of strong basic skills but also deep, conceptual understandings and is, thus, rigorous in the best sense of the word.
At Lowell we recognize that the social, emotional, and academic aspects of growth are intertwined and mutually reinforcing, so a strong social curriculum that promotes social skills, multicultural understanding, and community building complements the academic curriculum, and teachers pay close attention to each child's well-being in all these areas.
Teachers work with students in groups and one-on-one to challenge and support them.
Personal voice, choice, and action are valued from the very first days in Pre-Primary classrooms and promoted throughout a Lowell education. For four-year-olds, learning to speak from an "I" point of view about their feelings and being heard and respected is self-validating. For pre-adolescents, the experience is even more powerful. Watching others consider their ideas, reflect on them and respect them, then perhaps make a different and positive choice because of them is very powerful. As children develop, it is critical that they learn that who they are matters and that they, in fact, are the key architects of their success.
Teachers and children in Pre-Primary start the day with Morning Meeting.
A Lowell education nurtures and develops children's passions. At every level, children are encouraged to pursue topics that interest them, and they learn that no idea is too big to explore. They gain confidence in their learning by trying out ideas, not just learning about them in books. This is why, in Middle School, 7th grade students are ready to tackle a two-year project called the Profile of Passion (POP). For this project, they are paired with a mentor and allowed to explore a topic that fascinates them. Whether they set out to learn about solar-powered cars or match up with a professional artist to create a portfolio of work, students have the time, structure, and support needed to engage in in-depth, personalized learning experiences.
When Pre-Primary children developed an interest in Michelangelo, the teachers helped them explore what it might be like to paint the Sistine Chapel. After setting up a play chapel, children lay on their backs to paint the ceiling with pastels.
Lowell is committed to being a community that is both diverse and inclusive. Living up to this commitment is an ongoing endeavor; we are never done with this important work. Promoting mutual understanding, acceptance, and inclusivity is central to Lowell's curriculum and school life for students; it is also a continuing goal for interactions among adults in the community. The principles of diversity and inclusivity factor into activities ranging from classroom discussions and recess to administrative decisions and event planning.
Together, Lowell's faculty and staff take responsibility for ensuring that every student feels welcomed, included, and valued.
The impact of a Lowell education can be seen in the classrooms and also rippling out beyond, as students take action in the School community and the world. At home, Pre-Primary parents see their children beginning to observe the feelings of others and use the caring language modeled by teachers in the classroom. In Primary classrooms, student writers develop the knowledge and social skills to deliver effective feedback to one another, and they use the feedback to improve their own writing — not because it is a requirement, but because they value and enjoy the writing process. In a 6th grade classroom students enter into lively, open debate about the value of alternative energy sources and make recommendations that are practical, ethical, and scientifically based. Student Council members take the time to research charitable organizations and carefully select the ones that will make the biggest impact with the money they raise. Children arrive at Lowell as curious three-year-olds and leave as confident individuals; skillful, open-minded thinkers; and responsible, caring community members.
Students work together in Writer's Workshop.
At Lowell, we challenge our students to venture deep into the essential themes and questions of our integrated curriculum. We ask them to apply what they have learned to unexpected and real-life situations and add an additional level of challenge when we ask them to collaborate effectively with one another to solve a problem. As a result, they learn that they cannot look at questions or problems flatly, but must look at them dimensionally and devise creative and workable solutions. With careful scaffolding and an emphasis on process, teachers help students learn the strategies that will enable them to tackle complex challenges throughout their lives.
Students conduct an experiment designed to test how far their car can run on a solar-charged battery.
Pre-Primary School children explore the night
Kindergarteners compose an original piece of music
4th graders connect dreams to nature
5th and 8th graders engineer and program robots