Lower School

Not only do we introduce children to the 3 R's – we also build a close-knit community of peers who become collaborators and friends. Lower School students in grades pre-K to 5 see themselves as part of a peer-learning community, connecting on classroom and cross-grade-level projects.

Building Communities

From pre-kindergarten on, our students think of themselves as members of communities – in and out of the classroom. Classrooms are intimate peer-learning communities. Instruction incorporates numerous collaborative projects and emphasizes shared values:

  • Citizenship;
  • Respect for others;
  • Empathy;
  • Working together to solve problems.

Social responsibility and global citizenship are emphasized throughout our curriculum and in cocurricular activities. Students come to recognize that they belong to local, regional, national and international communities. Through service learning and other related activities, students form connections that expand their world. See our Community Engagement page for details.

Learn about Blake's Early Learning Center, for grades Pre-K to first, opening in fall 2023.

A Challenging & Supportive Environment

Lower School teacher working with student at computer

The Lower School combines academic rigor with a nurturing, homelike and supportive environment. Our curriculum provides a solid foundation in:

  • Traditional core subject areas: English language arts, mathematics, social studies and science;
  • Engineering and programming use MIT's Scratch language and Lego Robotics to teach coding fundamentals and engineering principles in our Maker's Labs;
  • Spanish language instruction to build skills in one language
  • physical education; and
  • multiple branches of the arts: visual arts, theatre and music

(For details about the curriculum, see our Lower School Curriculum Guide and pages for Areas of Study.)

Students learn to set – and meet – high goals in every area. Meanwhile, teachers, learning specialists and counselors are committed to helping children tackle any special challenges they encounter. See our Student Support page for details.

Staying Connected

Lower School students reading

Teachers and support staff actively maintain connections between the Blake campuses. Students travel between campuses for events such as Legacy Day and Olympic Day. They connect with older peers, too – for example, through a “buddy system" program that pairs each kindergartner with a fifth-grade mentor, and through occasional visits to observe Middle and Upper School classes.