Inspiring a lifelong love of learning and giving.
Our Lower School is a place where the students learn from each other, from their environment,
and through educational experiences — it is a place where childhood dreams exist.
Focusing on child-centered curriculum that allows students to explore concepts from multiple perspectives through authentic inquiry, Stone Ridge’s Lower School (Grades 1-4) guides students through the process of coming to know themselves, cultivating a joy for learning, making wise choices, and understanding their gifts and their responsibilities in our world as a child of the Sacred Heart.
Nurturing our Community in the Sacred Heart Tradition
All of the girls in the Lower School, Grades 1-4, are guided in their development of a personal and active faith in God. As children of the Sacred Heart, our students learn to be alert to the needs of others and to understand deeply that genuine love always takes the form of service. Guided by a community that models respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity, our students come to know God and to act for Him in justice and love. A community of many faiths and cultural traditions, we celebrate together and we come to understand our place in a global world.
Joyful Growth for Academic Success
Young children live and learn in a social context and academic success is predicated on social success. The social curriculum in the Lower School is an intentional, research-based program designed to support girls at every level. All Lower School faculty are trained facilitators of the Responsive Classroom approach and specific strategies, including Morning Meeting, logical consequences, academic choice, and interactive modeling are employed to support the social development of our children.
Academic Program Overview
- Grade 1 - Develop the uniqueness of each child
- Grade 2 - A child-centered focus
- Grade 3 - Grouping, collaboration, and independent work
- Grade 4 - Focused lessons with direct instruction and modeling
- STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math
- French - Our Sacred Heart roots
- Specials - Art, Library, Music, PE
- Student Support - Learning Specialist and Counselor