Whether you are a current parent seeking the latest news, or a prospective parent who is just learning about East Woods, I welcome you to explore this site to learn more detailed information about our Lower School curriculum and program.
The Lower School at East Woods is comprised of students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Our goal is to promote a love learning and to develop the whole child. To this end, East Woods is offers a broad range of opportunities for personal growth in a learning community that is both academically rigorous and nurturing. As you walk through the hallways and peek into classrooms, you are likely to see children engaged in a wide array of learning activities that foster cognitive skills and creative thinking. For example, you might find Fourth Graders researching different types of volcanos and making iMovies as a way to synthesize and share their knowledge. In a First Grade class, you might see children partner reading while the teacher circulates to have one on one reading conferences with individuals. Passing by the art room, you might see Third Graders creating sculptures of a famous person that they are studying in social studies. Across the grade levels and content areas learning is integrated, and children at East Woods receive individualized attention and differentiated instruction.
When I ask children and parents what they love about the Lower School at East Woods, their first response is always “the teachers.” In every context, teachers go out of their way to get to know children and families and to make the educational experience positive and personalized to fit the needs and interests of each child. The East Woods faculty members are skillful and experienced teachers who are passionate about teaching. They love what they do, and it shows!
In addition to the teachers, children and parents frequently mention that they love the fact that East Woods offers children opportunities to explore and develop musically, artistically, physically, and cognitively. In Kindergarten through Fourth Grade, children go to the following specialized classes: physical education, music, art, library, and technology. Children in Kindergarten through Second Grade also take Spanish twice a week, and children in Third and Fourth Grade take Spanish for half of a year and French for half of a year in order to be exposed to both languages before they choose one to focus on. Through the richness of the educational experience at East Woods, children discover their interests and passions and are able to pursue them in depth.
We look forward to helping you get to know all that makes East Woods a remarkable school!
Alexander D. Carter
Head of Lower School
For more information, please email our Director of Admissions, Melissa Cedrone or call 516.922.4400.
Students in Lower School, which is an elementary school for Kindergarten - Fourth Grade, focus on the concepts and techniques for reading, writing, math, and science, as well as social studies, world languages, science, history, physical education, and the arts (music, performing and studio). Students are introduced to Spanish as their first world language, and our Fourth Graders are introduced to French as well. Students receive individualized attention from our faculty, and are provided with many public-speaking and performing opportunities throughout the year.