Welcome from Lower School Head

Nurturing Curiosity and Wonder

Learn, Do, Share. This is the mantra of Capstone, the culminating educational experience for all eighth graders at Belmont Day. Students choose a topic of interest and write a research paper, design and execute a related project, and share their learning at a presentation. Having taught kindergarten at BDS for well over a decade, I have attended countless presentations by former students, and I marvel at the confidence that each presenter exudes when standing in front of an audience of peers, faculty, family members, and guests. I am also dazzled by the extent of their knowledge about their selected topic and impressed by the conviction that they possess when answering unrehearsed questions, especially when I think back to our initial encounter in the lower school. 

The learning journey that leads to Capstone often begins in the lower school, where our faculty skillfully harness children’s innate curiosity and wonder with child-centered activities while also devoting time to explicitly teach foundational skills in these formative years. Lower school teachers offer a safe, nurturing environment, meeting students where they are while challenging them to tap their full potential in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and physical education. Lower school students have rich and varied opportunities to develop the courage, determination, and grit that our eighth graders convey when delivering their presentations. Our youngest learners in pre-k and kindergarten take risks by making announcements on behalf of their classes at school-wide sharing assemblies. Students debut in their first dramatic production in first grade, second graders enlighten us about changemakers and endangered species, third graders proudly present their state at the annual state fair, fourth graders take on the role of gods and goddesses at a Greek festival, and fifth graders create their own science videos to showcase to our community. 

Our lower school spans seven years which are a pivotal part of a child’s growth and development— physically, emotionally, and academically. We invite and welcome you to experience our vibrant and dynamic lower school for yourself. 

Betty Chu Pryor
Interim Lower School Head

Betty Pryor

Betty Chu Pryor
Interim Lower School Head