Lower Elementary


Lower Elementary: Kindergarten - Grade 3

It is our mission to cultivate students who are knowledgeable, creative, and virtuous global citizens. We are able to do this not only because of our intimate 12:1 student-teacher ratio and our intimate classroom environments, but also because our teachers work closely together to design classroom activities that are embedded in the context of this meaningful work.

Our lower elementary teachers model investigation and reflection while guiding these young students to engage in critical thinking, creative exploration, and learning how to work together on interdisciplinary projects.

Lower Elementary areas of focus


  • Center-oriented classrooms
  • Discovery through Project Approach
  • Emphasis on oral and written communication skills
  • “Hands-on” and “Minds-on” activities and explorations
  • Field-based experiential learning helping children make transfer of learning to “real world” situations
  • Fine arts comprised of music and art
  • Daily chapel services
  • Outreach projects to develop the students’ awareness to serve
  • Technology integrated into the classroom to enhance the curriculum

Our Lower Elementary Teachers

Griselda Durfee

Griselda Durfee

Kinder-1st Grade
E. Forrest

E. Forrest

2nd & 3rd Grade