The Lowell Way

Respecting Children

The most important principle governing how we approach the academic, social, and emotional development of students--the “Lowell Way”—is holding the utmost respect for them. In face-to-face interactions, it means being truly present, listening actively to understand each child’s thoughts and feelings, and responding with empathy. It means helping children develop the language to ask for what they need and build healthy relationships. Respect for children also means developing in them the capacity to solve their own problems and conflicts.

Our regard for children compels teachers to honor the process of learning and growth. Our energetic and insightful teachers embrace their roles as facilitators and guide students to take responsibility in their learning. Children develop positive self-esteem from doing; they are praised and supported at Lowell through descriptions of their work. Furthermore, teachers treat students as if they already are what we would like them to become—helping them to realize their potential and finest moments.

By understanding and engaging in respectful interactions and relationships, students become responsive listeners and expressive communicators. They can collaborate to solve problems, resolve conflicts, and recognize when to enlist the assistance of teachers. These are the outcomes of the Lowell Way, and they enhance each child’s self-worth, quality of learning, and sense of community.
One of the hallmarks of Lowell is that each student is treated as special and unique. The teachers are much more than teachers and role models—they are viewed as caring and concerned family members.
—Emanuel Finn and Marcia St. Hilaire-Finn, Alum Parents
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