he School’s strong commitment to thoroughly understanding
the cognitive, social/emotional, artistic, and physical growth of children has
led to a curriculum that is engaging and accessible while also very challenging
and highly effective. Lowell’s curriculum is carefully designed to promote active,
collaborative learning, with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding
and strong foundational skills.
An Integrated Curriculum
Students at Lowell take part in a program that is rich in
its diversity of offerings: reading, writing, literature, math, science, social
studies, Spanish, visual arts, music, drama, dance, health, physical education,
and technology. Deliberate curricular integration across the disciplines helps
students connect what they learn in the various disciplines and is very much a
part of the Lowell experience from Pre-Primary to Middle School. The
curriculum also utilizes a spiral approach to skill acquisition, allowing for
very thoughtful introduction, development, reinforcement, and application of
skills as children progress through the grades.
The curriculum is delivered in a deliberately diverse and
inclusive setting where a climate of respect and the development of social
skills are as important as academic skills. A strong social curriculum complements the academic curriculum and helps students develop multicultural understanding, effective
collaboration skills, and a sense of commitment to community.
Read more about the Essential Themes that create the framework for the integrated curriculum in the Primary and Middle Schools.
Read more about the Primary School's Social Curriculum and the Middle School's guidance coaching program, DeltaU.
In Pre-Primary, much of the curriculum is experienced
through play, but the spirit of discovery and exploration—which comes with
generating questions, playing with ideas, and solving problems—abounds
throughout the Lowell experience. To help support the development of students’
internal motivation, teachers engage students in powerful, relevant content and
carefully designed learning experiences that draw on students’ interests and
passions. Teachers also differentiate their instruction, teach to multiple
intelligences, and create written and oral opportunities for students to
develop an inner voice, an essential ingredient in effective communication, as
well as feelings of self-worth and efficacy.