Grades 3-5

Teacher works with students on reading exercise

Grades 3-5

A happy, healthy, and active environment awaits every Lower School boy.

In the Lower School, boys experience a curriculum designed to instill foundational skills that will allow students to be successful throughout their academic careers. Our faculty know and apply the best practices for giving boys what they need to grow as engaged learners, passionate artists, and developing athletes. 

For the 2023-24 school year, Landon's Grade 6 will move to the Lower School (Grades 3-6). Our Freeman Lower School building will be large enough to accommodate a plan many years in the making: returning Grade 6 to its original home in the Lower School.

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Lower and Middle School Counselor

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Grade 4 Teacher

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We, as parents, remember our grade school teachers' names. We remember snack and recess. We remember how our teachers made us feel.

Experiences as elementary-age children directly impact our perceptions of school, our willingness to try something new, and our relationships in the future.

It is what inspires us at Landon to get this significant moment in childhood right.

- Tara montague, Head of lower school

Mrs. Montague on Twitter!

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    Average Class Size


    Movement Minutes per Day


    Different ZIP Codes Represented 



    Student builds spaghetti bridge in STEM project

    Build a Foundation

    An accomplished scholastic career at Landon begins in the Lower School, where we thoughtfully develop essential critical-thinking skills and social-emotional wellness.

    We engage boys in projects and experiences that excite them about their learning, planting a positive perspective on education. Backed by the latest research, we approach every course, activity, and program through the lens of delivering what’s best for boys at this age. 

    Students build stem project



    Landon uses Singapore Math's three-step learning model and is guided by Harvard University's "Project Zero" program, which uses thinking routines to develop and deepen critical thinking.

    Students race pumpkin cars they designed



    Students love our hands-on projects such as building spaghetti bridges and designing pumpkin cars. They leverage boys’ natural appetite for problem solving and competition.

    Lower School Recess



    We know that boys need to move and take breaks in order to focus and process. Our extended recess periods rejuvenate boys’ brains, boost cognitive development, and contribute to overall wellness.


    Ethics Topics Explored Each Year


    Science Labs


    Field Trips Taken Each Year

    Chris Chapelle


    Boys work harder and achieve more when they respect and connect with their teachers.

    Landon faculty members are experts in boys’ education and know that boys will only fully open themselves to intellectual challenges and inspirational ideas when they trust that their teachers genuinely care about their well-being and success.

    This is the basis of our entire educational approach—what we call teacher-coach-mentor. Our teachers will get to know your son not only in the classroom but also in the chorus room, on the playing field, and in ethics discussions. See how below!

    Student poses with his clay creation

    Lower School art students worked on a sculpting project to enhance their hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning, and fine motor skills while stretching their imagination. 

    student poses with his package created to protect a pringle potato chip

    Protect the Pringle! Grade 5 science students have to protect and mail a potato chip as part of their latest STEM competition to test their engineering skills. See where the chips are headed and what the boys have to do to win!

    Daily Schedule

    Landon's daily schedule for Lower School begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., with before- and aftercare options. 

    Landon's developmentally appropriate schedule maximizes students' most attentive time periods, including language arts and math in the mornings,  and quiet reading time before dismissal at the end of the day. As you can see, there are also multiple movement breaks during the day so boys can feel refreshed and ready to refocus on learning. This schedule below is one example, some days will include Spanish, art, assemblies, and more. 

    Top Row

    Students meet to begin the day

    8:15-8:30 a.m.

    Morning Meeting

    Teacher and student work on sounding out words

    8:30-9:10 a.m.

    Language Arts & Reading

    Student works on science project to pack a potato chip

    9:15-9:55 a.m.


    Lower School Recess

    9:55-10:15 a.m.

    Movement Break

    Senior teaches ethical behavior to Lower school students

    10:20-11:00 a.m.


    Middle Row

    Lower School students eating lunch

    11:00-11:30 a.m.


    Lower School student in math class

    11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


    Lower School boy playing the trumpet

    12:20-1:00 p.m.


    Lower School movement

    1:00-1:20 p.m.

    Movement Break

    Bottom Row

    Students work on social studies project with computers

    1:20-2:00 p.m.

    Social Studies

    Lower School students playing basketball

    2:10-3:00 p.m.


    Lower School students walk around campus

    3:00-3:10 p.m.

    Transition Time

    Lower School reading

    3:10-3:30 p.m.

    Quiet Reading Time

    Portrait of a Graduate

    Our ambition is that Landon graduates might be described individually and collectively – and throughout their lives – as persons who:

    Portrait of a Landon Graduate graphic




    Student plays french horn

    From the very beginning of boys’ Landon experience, they are immersed in studio art, music, and theater.

    They draw, paint, and sculpt in the art studio in Torrey Hall, perform in full-scale theatrical productions, and choose from 12 instruments to play in music courses. As they discover their artistic talents and decide which instruments or techniques they prefer, they begin to view creative expression as a habit and an integral part of their life.

    Students perform in Lion King musical


    Theater Arts

    The entire Lower School is involved, either on stage or behind the scenes, in our annual spring musical production.

    Student sings at choral concert


    Performing Arts 

    Each boy participates in band, strings, or choral groups, which include classes, recitals, and concerts.

    Lower School art teacher demonstrates technique to students


    Studio Arts

    Every Landon boy takes art classes. Students' work is displayed in our Landow Gallery along with Middle and Upper School pieces.


    Instruments to Play in Music


    Art Shows Each Year


    of Students Participate in School Play



    Student leaps during long jump practice

    Every Landon boy participates in athletics each day.

    We believe that physical exercise and team collaboration are essential for boys' well-being and learning. Landon's teacher-coach-mentors focus on ensuring every boy achieves healthy development, and builds the fundamental skills to grow as an athlete and teammate, and learns the value of living a healthy life with exercise and time outdoors.

    Season Intramural Interscholastic (Grade 5)
    Fall Flag Football
    Flag Football
    Winter Basketball
    Spring Baseball
    Track and Field

    Athletic Facilities

    Bordley Stadium

    Turf field, track, and stadium

    Armstrong Field

    Armstrong Field 

    Jacoby Tennis Courts

    Jacoby Tennis Courts

    Barton Alumni Athletic Center

    Barton Alumni Athletic Center

    Riddleberger Gym

    Riddleberger Gym

    Perkins Gym

    Perkins Gym

    Landon School's state of the art gymnasium facilities and strength and conditioning room

    Weight Room

    Goddard Field

    Goddard Field

    Landon students wrestle

    Boehly Wrestling Room

    Student playing water polo

    Dixon Pool

    Landon students playing street hockey

    Sport Court

    Prindle Field

    Prindle Field

    student playing ice hockey

    Bears' Den, Rockville Ice Arena

    Landon Bear

    Go Bears!

    Shrimp Bowl and Landon Cup 2019

    Shrimp Bowl & Landon Cup

    An annual, decades-long tradition of football and soccer between our Grade 3 and 4 students.

    The Shrimp Bowl (flag football) and Landon Cup (soccer) divide the two grades into two teams, Brown and White. The events feature Bear spirit from the entire school, teamwork, fun, and, when necessary, lots of hot chocolate!


    Health, Wellness & Fitness

    Students exercise on track

    Health, wellness, and fitness is found in every facet of the Lower School experience. 

    Using the teacher-coach-mentor model, our teachers develop deep and meaningful relationships with the boys and address larger issues like empathy, self-esteem, sportsmanship, and humility in a one-on-one capacity. The Lower School community also participates in schoolwide lessons on these topics, and we create opportunities for boys to test out what they have learned. 

    Landon boys also have plenty of time during the day to stay active. Every boy, with every level of athletic ability, is encouraged to try different sports, and learn to enjoy and prioritize physical fitness. There are movement breaks between classes plus morning recess and afternoon athletics. 

    Boys are taught the connection between physical and mental health, and our lessons endeavor to help boys create a toolbox of coping skills and strategies for dealing with emotions and struggles. This work is in addition to classes for all grades on the stages of physical development. 


    Ethics, Service & Leadership

    Students sign character pledge

    Character Pledge

    Character development is central to all we do.

    Our ability to advance this goal is dependent on the willingness of individual community members to agree to and embrace the principles of good character outlined in our Character Pledge. This Pledge serves as an overarching standard for daily ethical conduct and includes three parts: an Honor Code, a Civility Code, and our Core Values. Each year all Landon students, teachers, and staff are asked to read and sign a document pledging themselves to these principles.

    Honor Code

    I will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate others doing so.

    Civility Code

    I will regard and treat all people – whether in word or deed – with respect and dignity. I will treat my relationships, school, surroundings, and myself similarly. I will not tolerate behaviors by others that run counter to the principles of respectful behavior and decency.

    Core Values 

    Respect – Honesty – Teamwork – Responsibility – Perseverance – Kindness – Inclusivity – Courage – Gratitude – Humility – Service

    The Lower School Ethics, Service, and Leadership program is grounded in an exploration of Landon’s Mission, Philosophy, and Core Values to answer the following key questions: What does it mean to be a good person?  How and why do my actions, no matter how small, impact others?  

    The ethics curriculum also connects with social-emotional learning and Landon’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, as students learn about themselves and develop empathy for others, especially those whose identities might be different from theirs.  The goal of ethics, service, and leadership in the Lower School is to help boys know what a good choice looks like, feel motivated to make the good choice, and have the capacity to follow through with their actions.  

    Upper School students teach ethics to Lower School students


    Ethics Classes

    Lower School boys participate in weekly ethics classes where they explore stories—their own and those of ethical role models. Through skits, age-appropriate case studies, and other methods, they learn to make the kinds of choices that build their character.


    Buddies Program

    Lower School boys regularly meet with our oldest Bears in our Buddies Program, which brings Upper School students to the Wilson Building to visit. The boys view our Upper School students as role models, who treat this responsibility with the seriousness it deserves.

    Students load donated goods onto bus


    Community Service

    Throughout the year, boys pack lunches and Thanksgiving baskets for Bethesda Cares, donate canned goods during food drives, and participate in all-school service projects with A Wider Circle on the National Day of Service to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

    Be honest, do your best, and help the other fellow.

    -Lower School motto


      Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

      Respect is a core value of a Landon School education. And respecting others means respecting and celebrating their different journeys, backgrounds, and identities.  Landon is committed to promoting supportive and welcoming traits like inclusivity and appreciating diversity and how it enriches the tapestry of the community.  We seek to develop in our students the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to value differences, encouraging both speaking and acting with integrity and compassion and developing an informed and respectful worldview.

      Performers, students, and faculty pose after AAPI Assembly

      Landon holds a series of all-school assemblies and events throughout the year to celebrate the diversity of our community.


      Afterschool Programs

      Landon offers two afterschool programs. One is AfterCare, which runs from 3:30-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and includes homework, snack, and recess time. There is an additional charge for this program. 

      The Landon Enrichment and Afterschool Program (LEAP) expands the learning experience beyond the school day in creative, dynamic, and fun ways while supporting Landon’s core values. Classes are offered in six to eight-week sessions throughout the year, and they include topics such as cooking, robotics, and chess. Each class meets for 60 or 90 minutes after school, until about 4:45- 5:15p.m. There is an additional charge for this program.  



      2022-23 Course of Study Graphic


      News & Calendar

      Students raise their hands, with a view of their formula-1 car in the back

      Grade 3 teachers collaborate each year to create a theme for their classrooms. Watch the video to find out how their teamwork goes well beyond décor.

      Connecting the past and present

      Grade 3 and 4 students finished the 2021-2022 school year with a letter writing assignment with a goal of connecting with Bears who graduated 50 years ago. 

      Student poses with his clay creation

      Lower School art students worked on a sculpting project to enhance their hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning, and fine motor skills while stretching their imagination. 


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