Goals & Curriculum
About the Lower School
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.
Lower School Curriculum
Each classroom has two co-teachers. In many cases, one of those teachers had a degree in special education. This collaborative, co-teaching model helps to meet the unique needs of every student.
- Students are primarily taught in small groups, based on an ongoing assessment of the children. This low student-teacher ratio allows us to differentiate instruction and spend more time with each child.
- Students learn through direct instruction, as well as through investigation and discovery, providing hands-on, integrated experiences for our students.
- Children spend half their days in General Studies and the other half in Hebrew/Judaic Studies. Teachers work to develop a love for Torah, Israel, and the Hebrew language.
- Students have classes in Art, Music, P.E., Technology, Library, and Science. In our innovation lab, students explore STEAM (Science , Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) concepts and learn how skills and knowledge are trans-disciplinary.
- Children learn Hebrew through an immersion approach — Ivrit b’Ivrit — which begins in the ECC and continues throughout the Lower School.
- Students may receive Learning Center support in Reading, Math, Hebrew, and Chumash.
Art • Ballet • Chess •.Chorus • Coding • Core Dance • Crayola club • Drama zone • Gaga Ball • Guitar for Beginners • Gymnastics • Hockey • Karate • Magic Club • Ninja Warrior • Running Club • Soccer • Studio Art • Yoga • And much more!