Lower School

feature-photo-10The Lower School program is hands-on, multi-sensory and language intensive. While reading and language development form the core of a Center School education, all classes necessary to future success are taught, including math, science, social studies, art, music and physical education. Focused on developing confident, life-long learners, Center School’s faculty employs research-based teaching techniquessmall group instruction and a cooperative team approach. We also place strong emphasis on building a sense of community, setting goals and developing individual strengths and interests, all of which contribute to each student’s personal growth.

Students receive daily instruction designed to meet their needs. Classes are structured to help students learn how to become better organized and develop good work habits. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the self-advocacy skills and strategies they need to become independent and confident learners. The goal of the Lower School is to prepare students for success in Middle School.

A Typical Lower School Schedule:

  • Language Arts
  • Orton-Gillingham/Writing
  • Math
  • Social Studies/Science
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Art and Music
  • Morning Snack and Recess
  • Lunch and Afternoon Recess

Center School also offers Lower School students violin, taught in the Suzuki method, by Marjie Shemanski, a dedicated Suzuki Violin, Viola and Piano instructor, who has taught for over ten years. This world-renowned method, developed by a Japanese violinist Shin’ichi Suzuki, has at its core a belief that everyone is capable of learning in the right environment. Marjie believes strongly in the Suzuki philosophy of student, parent and teacher working together as a team and believes communication between parent and teacher is the key to success.

The curriculum at Center School is aligned with Pennsylvania Core Standards to provide a clear and consistent framework.