Welcome to Lower School
Who Do You Want Your Child to Be?
Belmont Day lower school students learn how to be so many things: fluent readers and writers, confident mathematicians, critical thinkers, resolute researchers, confident public speakers, strong athletes, versatile artists, caring friends, and good citizens.
We teach students to be bold in taking risks and to expect failure to be as much of the learning process as success. Thus Belmont Day students become more self-reliant and resilient, more analytical and astute. At the same time, we also foster perspective and empathy, as well as invaluable life skills like listening, cooperating, and respecting others' opinions and differences. From the very beginning of their formal education, we help children come to see themselves as learners and individuals who have agency in their world.
At Belmont Day all students are appreciated for their unique personalities and abilities. Our small student-to-teacher ratios mean that students regularly work one-on-one with teachers, and in small groups with teachers and peers. In this secure, supportive environment, children thrive, intellectually, and socially. Confident and comfortable, students’ natural curiosity glows brightly as they are challenged and supported to strengthen their minds and become their best selves.
The Lower School at Belmont Day is a place where your child will:
- develop a deep understanding of numeric place value
- harvest potatoes in the morning and eat them at lunch
- research and write about changemakers
- build and program a robot
- dramatize The Odyssey
- study ecosystems
- mummify a hen
- take a nature walk on snow shoes
- participate in meaningful community service
- design and build assistive devices
Step-by-step, Belmont Day teachers advance expectations to broaden student horizons, build content knowledge, and encourage children to tackle more complex problems. Along the way, our students build confidence in themselves and their abilities as learners.
In lower school, students focus on skill-building and cooperative challenges and games.
Beyond The Classroom
Our comprehensive co-curricular programming offers a myriad of opportunities for personal growth and community bonding. The non-cognitive skills built in these arenas are vital for future success.