Welcome to the Lower School
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Head-Royce Lower School. The Lower School academic program provides a strong foundation of concepts and skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, art, world language, library, music, physical education and technology. In all curricular areas, concepts are introduced at the concrete level and become more complex and detailed as the student’s knowledge and reasoning abilities grow. Teachers integrate hands on activities, simulations, field trips, service learning, and multimedia projects into the academic program. Basic skills are taught in a sequential program that progresses within the grade level and across the six year Lower School program.
Equally as important to the academic program is the affective curriculum that builds a respectful and nurturing Lower School community. Beginning in kindergarten, students learn the importance of responsibility for behavior and relationships, group membership, and work. Class meetings led by the teacher and/or the Lower School counselor promote the development of social skills and the values of respect and responsibility for ourselves, for others, and for the environment. Mixed grade level “families” meet regularly and the fifth grade leadership council coordinates community service opportunities and spirit days. Each Friday the entire Lower School gathers for a community assembly, featuring class plays, special guests, appreciations, singing and sharing.
Lower School is abuzz with learning, fun and a growing awareness of each student's impact on the Oakland community, the world and the planet. We hope you will take the time to visit our School, explore the website and talk to neighbors and friends who attend Head-Royce School.
Lower School Head
Learn more about Suzanne Abbey