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About Our Lower School

An integrated approach to individual growth.

In the Lower School (grades 1-4), our focus is on the whole child. Each is treated as an individual and is a valued member of our close-knit community. Our faculty and administration get to know every student as both a person and a learner.

We teach children to understand their roles as Jews and Americans, help them to follow in the paths of their parents and grandparents, and to become active, engaged citizens of the world.

Productive partnerships are at the heart of a student’s success throughout his or her Ramaz education. We focus on the critical relationships between students and teachers, and teachers and parents.

Through numerous programs, the Lower School has fostered an inclusive and welcoming culture for students and parents. Our academic program is enhanced by grade-wide celebrations in which children have the opportunity to “show what they know” about a particular unit of instruction. Parents are invited to these special events in which the students are involved in public speaking, demonstrations, and conversations around their projects.

We believe that children learn best when we provide them with  authentic and engaging learning  experiences. We use an interdisciplinary approach that deepens and enhances children’s understanding. Students  at Ramaz are  immersed in creative expression and inquiry connected to the global Sustainable Development Goals competencies.

  • Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment, framing significant problems and conducting well-crafted and age-appropriate research.
  • Recognize perspectives, others’ and their own, articulating and explaining such perspectives thoughtfully and respectfully.
  • Communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences
  • Take action to improve conditions

Emphasis on social-emotional learning and creating a warm and safe school culture.

  • Our social-emotional approach (using the common language of Responsive Classroom) to learning, tefillah, Torah, chesed, and love of Israel deepens the health and well-being of students, fostering self-confidence, self-esteem, and problem-solving, joyful Jewish continuity, and builds community.
  • Rams’ Rules is a PBIS program (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is whole school program that clearly articulates behavioral expectations and allows for positive encouragement  of those behaviors through verbal acknowledgement, stickers, Rams Cards, and class celebrations to emphasize the importance of being responsible, respectful and kind citizens in our school and world.