Developing Essential Skills for Success
Thomas Jefferson’s Lower School is a critical part of our liberal arts, college preparatory program. Students develop important knowledge and skills in the core subjects of English, mathematics, science, history/social studies, and world language. They also develop self-confidence, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and work cooperatively.
Through a curriculum focused on Western civilization, children acquire and refine essential academic knowledge and skills; grow as readers, writers, and critical thinkers; and learn to understand Western (and American) heritage as they develop skills to succeed in Middle School. Examples of the essential academic skills students develop in Lower School include applying the scientific method, delivering oral presentations, learning to read and write in cursive, mastering the multiplication tables, understanding civics and citizenship, and the history and geography of the United States, conducting research, and working collaboratively. For a detailed description of all aspects of TJ’s Lower School program, see the Curriculum Guide.
Students also cultivate an appreciation of the arts through art and music classes, learn to effectively use technology, and gain lifelong fitness skills through physical education classes.
Throughout the Lower School journey, children benefit from the individualized attention of 7-8 professional educators at each grade level who are subject-matter experts and are focused on every child’s success. These gifted teachers create an environment where children learn to seek out challenges, welcome criticism, test new capacities, and find joy in learning. Our faculty live TJ’s Honor Code — every day — and, in doing so, help students assume responsibility for their behavior, practice self-discipline, and develop a solid moral compass.
TJ’s Lower School program is the most comprehensive way to prepare children for future academic success — in Middle School and beyond.