Welcome from Lower School Head

Nurturing the Inquisitive Mind

Children are naturally curious and inquisitive. The original “tinkerers,” children are intrinsically drawn to create, investigate, explore, and discover. Lower school teachers at Belmont Day channel this endless supply of energy into purposeful explorations of literacy, math, science, history, and the arts.

Experts in child development, Belmont Day’s lower school faculty balance a rigorous curriculum with a nurturing community that emboldens courageous learning. They understand that healthy risk-taking can only happen when each child is known, seen, and recognized as a contributing individual in the classroom. Our teaching community has developed an engaging and thoughtful curriculum where foundational skills are explicitly taught and applied. Units and lessons are crafted to celebrate and explore student passions while building the essential base of skills and habits of mind needed for later learning. Students have opportunities to safely explore and demonstrate their learning individually and in collaborative groups. Our learners understand the importance of grit, practice, and a growth mindset.

The learning environment at Belmont Day School reflects a mastery of child-centered, research-based best practices, and our teachers hone their practice through continual professional development. Belmont Day’s six core values—excellence, responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and joy are the guiding principles that define our community and help us to create a unified and thriving culture. 

We welcome you to our dynamic and joyful lower school world. 

Minna Ham
Lower School Head

Minna Ham,
Lower School Head