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.
Every teacher takes the time to understand their students' learning profiles; they are fully trained in the accommodations, tools, and strategies that will ensure success. Our teachers are backed by our full-time Reading and Learning Specialists, who are there to help teachers navigate the various needs within each class, offering targeted support where needed, including appropriate use of accommodations and executive functioning.
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.