Academics

Lower School

At ESA Lower School, students begin their journey toward independence. With the Schoolwide Enrichment Model as the foundation for the program, Lower School teachers identify talents and interests, and through them encourage students to explore and learn. Differentiation within classrooms and opportunities for enrichment allow teachers to ensure that every student progresses throughout the year. 

What Sets ESA Apart

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  • Expert Teachers

    Every Lower School teacher either has a master's degree in gifted education or is currently working toward the degree. Teaching assistants hold bachelor's degrees, and many are also working on master's. 
  • Differentiation

    At ESA Lower School, students learn at their own pace. Teachers group students by ability level, with groups changing depending on subject and interest. By differentiating instruction, teachers give students their own sets of goals and challenges. Learners receive the support they need, whether it's to master the skills appropriate for their grade level or to move well beyond those skills. 
  • Enrichment Clusters

    A key component of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, enrichment clusters bring students together in interest groups across grade levels. After the Enrichment Cluster Fair, students in kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade rate their favorite topics of study and are sorted into small groups. Each Friday for six weeks, the groups meet to explore their areas of study, learn from experts in the field and chart their own in-depth learning. Topics range from carpentry and baking to marine science and robotics. 
  • Specials

    Along with language arts, math and social studies, Lower School students enjoy Specials: movement, art, music, science, library and, beginning in third grade, French.
  • Chapel

    Each morning at 9:30, students and teachers gather in the Enrichment Center for Chapel, a time of worship, singing, sharing and learning from each other. Teachers often tell stories from their lives or share a favorite scripture. Students offer well-prepared presentations about kindness, staying in the struggle, service opportunities and even the dress code. Chapel ends with prayer requests and announcements.
  • Chromebooks

    Third, fourth and fifth graders are introduced to technology through Google Chromebooks, which give them the ability to access digital tools and resources in all their subject areas. They learn research, keyboarding, digital citizenship and other applications in a safe environment. 
  • Learning Center

    ESA's Lower School Learning Center program is a program adoption site for the The Hill Center, a nationally recognized School and Teacher Training Center for Learning Differences, Learning Disabilities and ADHD in Durham, North Carolina. The Learning Center gives students the reading, writing, math, organization and study skills assistance they need to succeed now and to find success independently. 

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  • Enrichment Center

    The Lafayette campus was designed specifically with young learners in mind. The academic building provides a flexible setting to meet the needs of our unique curriculum. The Enrichment Center (photos above) houses a science lab, art and music studios, a makerspace, and library and chapel spaces - environments that encourage creativity and exploration.

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  • Pursuing a Passion

    Inspired by her kindergarten class' study of Martin Luther King, Jr., Amelie expressed a desire to advocate for trash clean-up to protect the animals in her neighborhood.
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  • The 5th Grade Trip

    Fifth graders spend a week at the Teton Science Schools in Wyoming, where they conduct field research, study the flora and fauna of the area and explore the snow-covered trails.
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  • Learning by Doing

    Kindergarteners create their own Mayflower and pilgrim village, complete with cabins and garden, as they study the pilgrim's journey to the New World.
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  • Performing Arts

    In the Lower School, performing arts are introduced through music class and through the choir, which presents the Lower School musical each year.
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