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Lower School Curriculum

The Lower School at ASM is committed to cultivating a productive home-school partnership that emphasizes opportunities for children to grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually in a supportive and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to persevere when confronted with academic and social challenges, to reflect upon both their learning and the choices they make, and to demonstrate empathy, respect, and understanding toward peers and all members of the community.

Establishing a foundation of excellence, the ASM Lower School instills the habits of collaboration, curiosity, and active learning in children from early childhood to Grade 5 while developing key academic skills. The Lower School at ASM is dedicated to fostering a stimulating, child-centered learning environment that is both purposeful and relevant. Under the guidance of skilled and caring teachers and staff, Lower School students are exposed to a variety of developmentally appropriate experiences and academic challenges that foster the skills essential for success in the real world.

Beginning in K1 and extending through Grade 5, students are expected to actively participate in their own learning by asking questions, thinking critically, collaborating with peers, and solving problems. The Lower School curriculum is structured to not only address specific overall standards and grade-level benchmarks but to also integrate the content and skills that facilitate understanding and the ability to make connections in our world. 

Educating critical thinkers and effective communicators

Designing and engineering solutions to problems.

Nurturing reflective, curious, empathetic artists.

Developing physical and mental fitness.

Lower School Learner Profile

World Citizen 

A world citizen cares for individuals and the environment, shows empathy for the feelings and needs of others, is open-minded and appreciative of the views, values and traditions of others, and initiates action to help classmates and our world.


A thinker independently demonstrates the ability to think critically and creatively to make decisions, solve problems and make our world a better place to live in.


An inquirer shows an active interest in learning, demonstrates curiosity, asks important questions and initiates research to find answers to important questions and problems.


A communicator receives and expresses ideas and information effectively and confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.


A collaborator works and plays cooperatively toward a shared goal, listening to and accepting other’s ideas as well as contributing his/her own.


A resourceful learner takes the initiative to think flexibly and pursue new ways to deal successfully with unexpected situations, problems and challenges.


A persevering learner demonstrates the stamina and willingness to work for an extended period of time to complete tasks, solve problems and learn new things, even when this is challenging.


A principled learner accepts responsibility for his/her own behavior, is honest and has developed a sense of fairness. A principled learner demonstrates the ability to reflect on what is morally right and act accordingly even if this is not easy to do.