Lower School Curriculum
Lower School lessons are integrated around central themes that touch on all the major disciplines, including math, social studies, science, language arts, and health—as well as many specialty topics. World language is taught several times a week, beginning with Spanish or French instruction in Kindergarten; music and art classes occur on alternating days; and drama and technology classes take place twice a week.
As students master skills and grow in intellectual sophistication, the curriculum becomes increasingly complex. Each kindergartener researches a foreign country, decorates the classroom with something typical of that country’s culture and embarks on the first steps of a long journey of public speaking at MPA with an oral presentation to the class of his or her discoveries. Building on these skills, the second grade “Traveling Teddies” program teaches students about world geography and cultures as the students’ small stuffed animals are mailed around the world to acquaintances who return postcards from each stop. By fourth grade, students are combining writing, history, art, and debate into the study of current and historic civil rights issues.