Mission + Philosophy

Mission

Lowell's mission is to create an inclusive community of life-long learners in which each individual is valued and respected. Our charge, then, is to strengthen minds, ensure equity, and honor individuality.

Philosophy

Lowell honors the individuality of each child. We give children time and space to grow and nurture the strengths of each individual. A fundamental understanding of the developmental stages of cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth informs all that we do with children. We foster intellectual and emotional self-reliance, with a guiding value of respect for each other. This approach provides the foundation for children to be highly motivated learners with a strong sense of self-worth and efficacy.

Lowell promotes active, collaborative learning with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding and developing strong creative, critical, and analytical thinking. Carefully designed learning experiences and curricula are integrated across subjects, draw on powerful, relevant content and student interests, and support the development of internal motivation and a strong voice. Learning at Lowell is rigorous: thinking is emphasized over rote learning, and students are expected to use their knowledge and skills creatively and practically. High expectations of students are coupled with appropriate scaffolding so that students know what to aim for and how to get there. In this way, Lowell prepares students to be innovators and achievers who have the flexibility, skills, and inclination to solve problems new and old.

Lowell is an intentionally diverse school. This is essential in preparing students for a future that will demand deep multicultural understanding, strong collaborative skills, and commitment to one's local community and the larger world. At Lowell, we believe that an inclusive community contributes to intellectual stimulation and nurtures an inquisitive and open mind.

Welcome

Debbie Gibbs, Head of School

Thinking, creating, connecting are at the heart of what we do at Lowell. Every day, we help children to develop the critical, foundational skills needed for a lifetime of learning; we encourage them to pursue their passions and apply their skills to solve meaningful problems; and we further our work together by communicating with honesty, openness, and respect. I invite you to learn more about Lowell—peruse our website or visit the school and see our exceptional programs in action!
—Debbie Gibbs, Head of School
At Lowell, my son has every fiber of his body and brain nourished on a daily basis. He is encouraged to be brave and express himself in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
—Divina Peters-Natter, Parent
1640 Kalmia Road NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 577-2000
1640 Kalmia Road NW | Washington, DC 20012 | (202) 577-2000