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Lower School

Grades Transitional Kindergarten - 5

Relationships serve as the foundation of every child’s life and learning experience. Our sense of community establishes a caring learning environment throughout the school. The pathways to each child’s future are carved by movement, engagement, collaboration, intentional design, and the use of technology as learning tools. This is where the magic of learning begins!



We strive to nurture the whole child socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively in a creative, engaging, and innovative manner. Our ultimate goal is to develop great global citizens through exposure to diverse cultures, collaborative learning experiences, and concepts such as STEAM through a differentiated instructional approach.

Technology is widely used as a tool to enhance learning. iPads and other devices are appropriately used as learning tools to enhance student learning. A passion for learning in a supportive, nurturing environment prepares students in an exciting way for their world!


Erin Harper, Head of Lower School

Erin Harper
Head of Lower School

Jenny Tucker
Assistant Head of Lower School

Pam Heacock
Assistant Head of Lower School

Teachers on stage holding signs and a giant key demonstrating The Charger Way
Social Responsibility and Character Education

A sense of social responsibility is woven throughout the curriculum at Providence Day. We emphasize cultivating a sense of connection to our community and the world, and taking action to improve the lives of others. In Lower School, students explore gratitude, reflection, and service projects. Character education is a curricular focus, with children focusing on the essential character traits of Respect, Confidence, Courage, Perseverance, and Empathy. Faculty mount an annual assembly with skits demonstrating the lessons learned through “King Character.” Students also learn the essentials of the Charger Code, which provides guidance through every grade at Providence Day.

Lower School boy with books and smiling at the camera
Global Curriculum

A global perspective is woven throughout the Lower School learning experience. This program is enhanced by our innovative World Language studies program. Students are exposed to French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese during their earliest years. Prior to entering Second Grade, one language of study is selected for the remaining four years of Lower School. We offer a proficiency-based World Language curriculum that continues through graduation. Additionally, in each grade from TK through 5, students complete projects focused on learning about a different area of the world.

Lower School students in the classroom with some students in the Learning Loft
Learning Loft for TK & K

Providence Day created the Learning Loft to co-explore the learning experience with children in grades TK and K. Activities are structured to provoke ideas, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. Activities are student-driven as children are welcomed to play, create, and interact in THEIR space. The space allows for collaborative projects; blocks and Legos; tinkering space where their imagination is the limit; art using many different media; small-group work to build on literacy and math concepts; work display areas; and a variety of STEAM concepts.