The Lower School, named the Ronald S. Beasley School, is the coeducational elementary division of MICDS, serving students in junior kindergarten through grade four. Students are introduced at this early level to an interdisciplinary program embracing the arts, technology, physical education, science and library skills along with traditional curriculum areas.
Academic excellence, in the Lower School and throughout MICDS, is not simply a destination but a journey we undertake every day of our lives. It lives and breathes in our mission, in the personally meaningful work of our students, in the rigorous challenges and remarkable support of our program, in the connections our students forge between what they learn and how they live, and in our shared commitment as a community to the growth of each individual student. As teachers of young children, we strive to cultivate an environment in which our students excel. Our research-based and best-practice curriculum and methodologies are designed to ignite the interests and challenge the abilities of each of our young students.
The Lower School curriculum capitalizes on the fundamental and profound role of students’ active participation in their learning – on their natural curiosity, their passion for discovery and their innate drive to create. We recognize that each child is a unique learner, and we use current learning theories to develop appropriate ways to meet the needs of every child. We work each day to build an atmosphere of respectful learning, a sense of belonging, a climate of trust and a joyful merging of the social, emotional and intellectual development. We believe that helping children feel safe, loved and respected encourages them to risk the challenges and opportunities that are at the heart of learning.
As lifelong learners themselves, our teachers are committed to designing and implementing dynamic curricula, while recognizing and nurturing the unique qualities and needs of each student. We design learning within the developmental framework of the Lower School, and within the JK-12 scope and sequence. We connect and interweave skills and content through thematic studies within and across grade levels. We know that such interconnectivity helps deepen conceptual understanding and hones a wide range of skills. The connections and continuity of our JK-12 program foster the spirit of community, high academic standards and diversity. Lower School students find frequent opportunities to share experiences with the “big kids” and their teachers, and are confident and prepared to embrace the rigors of our Middle and Upper School programs.