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.
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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
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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.
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 love our hands-on projects such as building spaghetti bridges and designing pumpkin cars, which leverage boys’ natural appetite for problem solving and competition.
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
Field Trips Taken Each Year
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!
Landon's daily schedule for Lower School begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:40 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.
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.
The entire Lower School is involved, either on stage or behind the scenes, in our annual spring musical production.
Each boy participates in band, strings, or choral groups, which include classes, recitals, and concerts.
Every Landon boy takes art classes. Students' work is displayed in our Landow Gallery along with Middle and Upper School pieces.
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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.
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Track and Field
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
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
Even our youngest boys sign their names to the Code of Character at the beginning of every school year.
To help Lower School boys understand and follow the Code, our faculty guide them through classes, assemblies, athletic practices, and arts programming that emphasize fairness, respect, and empathy.
I will treat all people with respect, civility and dignity, I will also respect my school, my surroundings and myself.
I will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do. I have abided by the Honor Code on this work.
Respect, Honesty, Inclusivity, Gratitude, Kindness, Courage, Perseverance, Humility, Responsibility, Teamwork, and Hope.
The Lower School Ethics, Service, and Leadership program is grounded in an exploration of Landon’s Code of Character 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.
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.
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.
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
The Lower School’s work with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) aims to start our boys on the journey of self-understanding. This work is rooted in fostering the growth of empathy in each of our Lower Schoolers, helping our boys to look at themselves and others, to celebrate differences, to understand that they add to the strength and beauty of our community. The DEI programming in the Lower School takes the form of lessons taught by grade and instructed by teachers and other faculty members. This work can take many forms, including conversations, book readings, art projects, and assemblies.
DEI work is found in many facets of a Lower School education, including a multicultural reading curriculum in language arts.
In art, boys take on projects that help them learn about traditions from all over the world.
Megan Rains Mercado, our Lower School art teacher, says art is an excellent way to teach students empathy, understanding, and civility. Each year, she creates a project with the Lower School boys to commemorate Black History Month and Women's History Month.
Landon's 2019 art show, titled "Collaborative Portraits of Prominent Members of the Civil Rights Movement," featured projects that built the boys' creative skills and taught them about leadership and character through a look back at transformative figures in U.S. civil rights history.
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 eight-week sessions throughout the year, and they include topics such as robotics and chess. Each class meets for 60 or 90 minutes after school, until about 4:30-5 p.m. There is an additional charge for this program.
We hope to resume both programs in the fall of 2021.
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