The Lower School provides a safe, nurturing environment, one that encourages each child to reach his or her creative and academic potential. Our K2 to 2nd Grade classes have both a teacher and paraprofessional to work with the students. We recognize the developmental differences in young children and teach each child at his or her own unique maturational stage. Our low student/teacher ratio enables us to guide children purposefully and gently to the next academic, social and emotional level.
Individual and small group instruction in reading is based upon the latest educational research available and provides an optimum environment for the success of the emergent reader. Our faculty is guided by an on staff Head of Teacher Training to ensure theory meets practice in the classroom.
Our state of the art writing curriculum emphasizes a comprehensive set of research based skills that will enable our students to develop the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in print.
Throughout the Lower School we emphasize critical thinking in conjunction with mastering basic skills. The Junior Great Books Program introduces our students to the finest children‘s literature. It focuses on interpretive reading, writing and discussion through the Socratic method.
SMM participates in a research based science curriculum developed with the support of the United States National Science Foundation at the University of California at Berkeley. The program is designed to heighten scientific curiosity and competency among our younger children.