Explore, experience, and stretch.

See the girls in yellow wellies down by the campus creek? Those are second graders cataloguing invertebrates and plant life as part of a stream study in science class.

Here, kindergarteners are the stars of our annual Invention Convention, a design-thinking project that gives them opportunities to showcase their innovation, problem-solving, and public-speaking skills. Second graders build compound machines using engineering principles, and fourth graders independently research notable women, penning and performing in-character monologues for visitors to their Women in Wax “museum.” Welcome to Lower School, where we specialize in putting brains (and bodies) into motion. 

Our Philosophy

Our focus in Lower School is to educate young girls based on research and knowledge from our Center for the Advancement of Girls about how they learn best. Here, we know there is no one right way to learn — and our curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of each student, no matter where she sits on the continuum of learning. We encourage girls to notice what's around them, and to discover all the possibilities and connections that exist in the world. When girls leave Lower School, they will be empowered to take risks and ask questions, prepared for exciting challenges that await them in Middle School.

Daily Class Offerings

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

Specials

  • Music: 2x week
  • Physical Education: 3x week
  • Art: 2x week
  • Library: 1x week

Only at AIS

  • Living Leadership in the Lower School
  • Let's Care
  • iWonder Lab
  • Friday Assemblies
    (parents welcome)

I was enchanted by the small class size and I wanted my daughter to be a name with a face. I also wanted her to have a voice, something I noticed, as I got older, always seemed to come more naturally to women who'd been educated in a single gender school. 
Parent of three current students

Signature Programs in Lower School


Invention Convention

Kindergarteners are the stars of our annual Invention Convention, a design-thinking project that gives them opportunities to showcase their innovation, problem-solving, and public-speaking skills. After learning about what an inventor is, kindergarteners set about creating their own invention — using the design-thinking process to identify a problem they or their friends might have, and determine how they might solve it. Students create blueprints, then a prototype, and present their final projects at their Invention Convention.

PreK Play

In the spring, the PreKindergarten class prepares and performs a musical on stage in the West-Wike Theatre for the entire Lower School. The girls learn how to build a set, assemble costumes and props, memorize a script, and perform for a live audience. This is the PreK’s first performance on the West-Wike Theatre stage — where, 13 years later, they’ll present their senior assembly to the entire Upper School.

Women in Wax

Each year, our fourth graders engage in a huge project: selecting, researching and writing about the life of a notable woman in history — then becoming her, as they perform for students, teachers, and parents at the annual Women in Wax Museum. The Women in Wax project is the first taste of independent research for students, laying the foundation for larger research projects they’ll undertake in eighth grade and in upper school.

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