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Lower School

A lifelong love of learning starts with joy. The St. Paul’s Lower School is full of students finding joy in their achievements today, even as they are being prepared to find success in the years to come.

Seeds of curiosity and enthusiasm are planted every day, with our students beginning to develop the essential habits of mind they will need to succeed at St. Paul’s, in their later education, and in life. They acquire an appetite for learning, a sense of wonder about the world, a heartfelt concern for others, and a confidence in their own abilities. We establish the solid foundation of skills that all children must have, then go beyond the fundamentals to help students develop their critical thinking, adaptability, and effective written and oral communication. 

Three-quarters of our Lower School teachers have advanced degrees. They are a combination of master teachers with decades of experience and young practitioners with innovative approaches to education. All are talented, nurturing educators, there with the right word of advice or support, spoken when it matters most. Our small class sizes and focus on individual attention help each student achieve at his or her highest possible level. 


Lower School Curriculum

St. Paul's Lower School, from Kindergarten through fourth grade, enrolls both boys and girls. In these formative years, our students begin to develop the essential habits of mind they will need to succeed - at St. Paul's and in life. Equally important, the Lower School years are a time for children to acquire an appetite for learning, a curiosity about the world, a heartfelt concern for others, and a confidence in their own abilities and accomplishments. Throughout, we provide the solid foundation of skills that children need to discover and reach their greatest promise: intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Values are integrated throughout the curriculum through thematic studies, Character Counts, diversity studies, health and wellness programs, and morning meetings. We emphasize individual self-worth, conflict resolution, compassion for the needy, responsibility to others, and positive decision-making. We stress the appreciation of religious, cultural, and ethnic differences and similarities in the world.

English/Language Arts

St. Paul’s Lower School uses a Balanced Literacy approach to reading and writing instruction.  This includes read alouds, minilessons, shared reading, guided reading, strategy lessons, conferring, and independent reading.  Our classrooms are reading and writing communities where students grow in both independence and stamina.  Using a workshop approach, readers spend time in “Just Right” texts that are matched to their reading ability.  They share their love of books while exploring various genres and participating in discussions with their classmates.  Students have access to a levelled library of high-interest literature to meet them at their reading ability.  Daily word study is integrated into the literacy block and supports both the reading and writing curriculum.  

History/Social Studies

The Lower School social studies program encompasses history, geography, current events, and international mindedness. Students are exposed to age appropriate content and skills which enables them to acquire an understanding of themselves and of society in relation to the human condition over time. This foundation leads students to develop a sense of global citizenship and empathy for others. The social studies curriculum attempts to help students cultivate an understanding and appreciation for the human story. Through the study of history/social studies students will:

  • Acquire an understanding of diverse cultures and of shared humanity
  • Recognize the importance of individuals who have made a difference in society
  • Develop an understanding of how geography affects people and places on earth 


The focal points of the Lower School math curriculum are: 

  • Number and operations
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data analysis
  • Place Value
  • Time and Money
  • Fractions


The common standards spiral through the grade levels, recognizing the need for introductory and continuing experiences related to the focal points at other grade levels.

The common standards are taught through a standards-based curriculum at each grade level. Problems are presented using a variety of mediums including role-playing, stories and literature, Number Talks, hands-on learning, pictures and graphs, and real objects. Students work independently, in pairs, in cooperative learning groups, and on whole-class endeavors. Students apply the processes of reasoning and proof to solve problems in the real world and their everyday lives. The curriculum is designed to enable students to be:


  • Creative and efficient problem solvers
  • Technologically aware
  • Enthusiastic and effective in communicating mathematically with others


The Lower School science curriculum incorporates aspects of the life sciences, the physical sciences, earth and space science, and the engineering design process. The direct, hands-on approach to learning, provides each student with opportunities to build a conceptual framework, of the natural world, and to problem solve by applying science and engineering skills. Instructional units are selected based on the students’ level of cognitive development, interest, and learning style. The goals of the program are:

  • To develop a positive attitude toward, and an interest in science and engineering
  • To observe and investigate the physical and natural worlds
  • To develop a working science and engineering vocabulary
  • To develop the art of asking good questions
  • To develop basic problem-solving strategies
  • To encourage exploration and discovery

Modern Language

Spanish and Japanese are offered in the Lower School. In Kindergarten and Pre-first, students are introduced to both languages. Rising first grade students select one of these languages for study throughout the Lower School years. All classes emphasize oral language through conversation, skits, games, and songs. The main goals of the Lower School program are to develop basic oral language proficiency and to stimulate awareness of the cultures and lifestyles of the people who speak the languages. The Modern Language department has set specific goals to be attained by students by the completion of their language study in the Upper School. These goals are:

  • To develop oral and written proficiency on an advanced level
  • To foster an appreciation of language and culture in all of their dimensions
  • To encourage the use of technology and travel abroad in the acquisition of language skills and cultural understanding


The Lower School arts courses include visual arts and music. In visual arts, students develop the aesthetic use of line, form, color, and texture. Skills introduced to the students include drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, collage, sculpture, and weaving techniques.


Music is taught through a sequential, structured curriculum that fosters the enjoyment of music through active participation with an emphasis on singing. Children's Choirs of St. Paul's – The Trichords (second and third grade students) and the Leading Tones (fourth grade students) perform throughout the year. Each grade has their own unique opportunity to perform for a larger audience.


The Lower School Library program has two main goals. One is to provide a diverse collection of both literary enjoyment and curricular enrichment for students to become readers and life-long learners. The other is to provide instruction so students can utilize the variety of research materials and tools needed to feel competent when using the facilities. The program is structured to follow a sequential pattern that is age appropriate. In addition, many different types of genres, authors, and reading materials are explored to enhance the literary enjoyment.

Physical Education

At the core of each physical education class are three general objectives. First and foremost, class procedures and activities are designed to teach each student the importance of physical fitness. Second, class instruction is combined with opportunities to help students learn basic locomotor patterns, kinesthetic awareness, and age appropriate sport related skills. Finally, class sessions allow students to engage in positive social interaction in large and small group settings.

Lower School Discovery Center and Project Based Learning

The work that students complete within the confines of the Discovery Center complements and extends the academic curriculum of the Lower School. In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products and presentations.

Through PBL, students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and standards at the heart of a project. Projects also build vital workplace skills and lifelong habits of learning. Projects allow students to address community issues, explore careers, interact with adult mentors, use technology, and present their work to audiences beyond the classroom. PBL also motivates students who might otherwise find school boring or meaningless. In the Center, projects vary in length, from several days to several weeks or even a semester.

St. Paul’s is serious about developing 21st Century educational skills for our students, therefore PBL is at the center of instruction in the Discovery Center. To see what is happening in the Discovery Center, click here. 

Lower School Student Programs and Organizations

  • Big Buddy Program
  • Blue-Gold Competition
  • Children's Choirs of St. Paul's – The Trichords and the Leading Tones
  • Service Learning - Brightwood Visits, Lunches for the Hungry, Lenten Meal for Paul's Place
  • Student Council
  • Student Vestry
  • Crusie Cast


Before and After School Care

St. Paul’s partners with working and busy parents to provide seamless before and after- school programs, many with no additional charge. For any questions regarding these programs, please contact the Auxiliary Programs Director, Alicia Martin, at or 410-821-3061.

Before School – Tabletop Morning Time

No Charge, 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Available every school day, doors open at 7:30 a.m. and students may play tabletop games, draw, do pencil-paper puzzles, or engage in quiet conversation with classmates. At 8:00 the students are dismissed from the program to go to their homerooms. There is no fee or registrations needed for this offering. 

After School – Extended School Program

No charge, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Additional care, fees vary, 4:30-6 p.m. 
The Extended School Program, staffed by St. Paul’s faculty, provides after school care for students in the Lower School. Children may choose from a variety of activities each day or attend study hall. Families using the program regularly register on a trimester basis (Early ESP now has an option to register on a yearly basis), and the Program offers daily drop-in service. ESP closes at 6 p.m.

Children may choose from a variety of activities each day, including:

  • Outdoor/Indoor Playtime
  • Quiet Playtime
  • Art and Drawing
  • Guided Study Hall
  • Game Room

Drop-in Care - available daily 3:30-6 p.m.

Single day care is available on a drop-in basis when requested in writing the morning of the drop-in day. These requests are to be given to the homeroom teacher by the students the day of the drop-in. This information is then sent to the office to be put on the daily attendance sheet, which automatically notifies ESP. Drop-ins may choose any basic ESP activity offered that day. Drop-in charges begin at 4:35 p.m.

ESP Trimester Fees

  • Early ESP 3:30-4:30 p.m. – No charge
  • Late ESP 3:30-5:30 pm.
    • One day a week, same day of the week- $120 per trimester
    • Five days a week - $600 per trimester
  • Full ESP 3:30-6:00 p.m.
    • One day a week, same day of the week- $210 per trimester
    • Five days a week - $1050 per trimester
  • Drop-ins
    • 3:30-4:30 p.m. – No charge
    • 4:35-5:30 p.m. - $15/day
    • 5:30-6:00 p.m. - $12/day
  • Late Pick up
    • After 6:00 p.m. - $25 per each 15 minute


Workshop Fee

$175 one hour workshop
$350 two hour workshop

ESP Carpool

Carpool runs from 4:25-4:35pm Monday-Thursday. All cars MUST have a carpool tag issued by St. Paul’s School displayed before a student is allowed into any vehicle. Those without a tag will be asked to check in with the front office for confirmation.

There is no carpool on Friday.


ESP Pick up Locations

Carpool runs from 4:25-4:35pm Monday-Thursday. All cars MUST have a carpool tag issued by St. Paul’s School displayed before a student is allowed into any vehicle. Those without a tag will be asked to check in with the front office for confirmation.

There is no carpool on Friday.

The Dance Conservatory of the St. Paul's Schools offers afternoon, evening and Saturday dance lessons. Visit their website for the schedule as well as a registration form.

St. Paul’s School
11152 Falls Road 
P.O. Box 8100 
Brooklandville, Maryland 21022
TEL. 410.825.4400
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