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Lower School

Lower School

The Academy invests heavily in its Pre-K to 3 program to ensure that all students are prepared to excel by the 4th grade. Intentional play is the foundation of our Lower School program, establishing the conditions in which young children are able to think in imaginative ways, use sophisticated mental functions, and develop foundational literacy and quantitative skills. Class sizes are kept small and each classroom through 3rd grade has both a lead and an associate teacher.

High Quality Preschool

We expect all of our students to be advanced readers and enjoy advanced mathematics skills and confidence by the end of 3rd grade. Our curriculum in the early years emphasizes the mastery of numbers and letters, but what distinguishes our instructional program from others is its attention to the development of curiosity and self-regulation. Our choice to use the “Tools of the Mind” Pre-K curriculum reflects this interest. Intentional play anchors our early grade curriculum and creates conditions in which young children are able to think in imaginative ways, and use sophisticated mental functions.

Academic Building

Extended Day/Year Around Program

Beginning with a balanced breakfast and morning exercise, our extended school day starts at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm. Our program provides all students with opportunities to engage in academic and extracurricular activities that promote positive cognitive, creative, and physical development. Each morning, our private buses pick students up at convenient locations to ensure that they arrive on campus in time to begin the day. CSA also provides after school transportation to ensure that all students can take full advantage of the range of programs.

Early Grade Math Program

Trapezium Math is used in the lower school to build strong foundations for success in pre-algebra and algebra in the upper school. In grades k-3 there is a strong emphasis on building automaticity and fluency with basic number facts as well as reasoning with time, money and space. Fourth grade is dedicated to applying this mastery to critical thinking and problem solving with whole numbers including reading tables, charts and graphs, geometry and measurement.


Contact Us

For more information, please contact Ivy Green Jones, Primary School Director.