Lower School Curriculum

Cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of the whole child for grades K - 5.

The Lower School Program at Park City Day School inspires students to become dynamic citizens and future leaders by integrating academic achievement, creativity, positive group interaction, and social responsibility.

Within the program, our students’ individual learning styles are recognized and supported, their academic strengths are nurtured and developed, and their weaknesses are identified and addressed.

Lower School students engage in authentic learning, decision-making, and problem-solving activities that help develop higher level thinking skills. The curriculum is designed to instill high ethical standards based on cooperation, appreciation, and respect. By working collaboratively, diligently, and honestly within our community, students grow and achieve while developing the lifelong skills they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.The video below is just one example of students engaged in authentic learning activities.  The Fourth grade science investigations in weather culminate at the KSL weather lab as students demonstrate their knowledge.   more >


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A Day in the Classroom

A typical day in the classroom includes a variety of imaginative learning activities that foster a love for learning while mastering the fundamentals of core subjects. Cross-grade level opportunities, environmental education, educational field trips, and service learning enhance the curriculum and enrich the lives of our students.  

The positive, nurturing environment found in each classroom is a result of our low student-to-teacher ratio. Within each class, a rich array of art, music, physical education, and foreign language complement and extend core offerings. This integrated education broadens learning and deepens each student’s appreciation for the world in which we live.


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Students in Joanne Staral's Lower School science classes learn as much from the world around them as they do from the textbooks in the classroom. With a focus on hands-on learning, students explore and manipulate their world through scientific inquiry, with an emphasis on ingegration of math, engineering technology, writing and art.  See our students in action by clicking the image above.  Meet Joanne and the rest of our faculty.