Beginning in grade 4 and extending through middle school, Sterne’s Lower School offers a standards-based academic program, with an emphasis on foundational literacy and math skills. Rather than traditional grade-level placement, students learn in small, instructional-level-based cohorts, ensuring that they receive the core support they need in order to achieve subject-area fluency. On a social level, this also offers students the chance to learn and interact with different social groups over the course of the day, depending on the subject.
Each Lower School classroom is staffed with two teachers. Our full-time Reading and Learning Specialists work with teachers to provide targeted support in specific skill areas as-needed, including executive functioning, or appropriate use of accommodations.
Above all, we are a team, working to deliver robust, wraparound support to every student, every day. We pride ourselves on being proactive in addressing challenges both inside and outside of the classroom thanks to a strong communication loop between teachers, staff, students, and parents.