The Lower School At-A-Glance
- The Lower School’s Pardue Hall houses students in kindergarten through fourth grade and offers a dedicated science laboratory with weekly hands-on instruction throughout the year.
- Kindergarten students actively participate in sea turtle rescue projects through the South Carolina Aquarium located in Charleston.
- Beginning in Lower School, there is a specialized wellness program designed to build character through the creative use of the School’s seven Hallmarks to help give the girls the tools they need to navigate friendships and develop social skills.
- All Lower School students participate in daily physical education including dance and swimming in the School’s indoor pool.
- Every kindergartner and first grader takes violin or cello, and all students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of music lessons including strings, piano, and voice.
- Encouraging young female engineers, the Lower School features its own Lego activities that introduce students to real-world engineering challenges by having them build Lego-based robots that are coded to complete specific tasks.
- The Lower School features a Literacy Programs Coordinator dedicated to working with faculty to foster classroom communities that build and nurture avid readers and effective writers.
- By the time Ashley Hall girls reach fourth grade, they have a strong science background and are ready to dive into more complex STEAM concepts like computer coding from scratch or building a wind turbine.
- The academic curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that students acquire developmentally appropriate skills in mathematics, science, and the humanities. In addition, students receive regularly scheduled instruction in French, music, visual art, and physical education. Students are encouraged to investigate, inquire, explore, and collaborate to develop a love of learning and independence.