CDS Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 3) is a joyful learning community filled with wonder and creativity where students and educators flourish together.
Small classes with personalized instruction and flexible learning spaces reflect our educational philosophy that children are unique and develop at their own pace.
Through a carefully designed curriculum, interactive experiences, and a deep commitment to Jewish values, Lower School at CDS builds confidence in core academic fundamentals and nurtures the development of the whole child.
We invite you to visit our classrooms, meet our exceptional teachers, and see our children at work and play!
The dedicated team of learning specialists in our Academic & Emotional Services Department works collaboratively with faculty and parents to meet the individual needs of students with diverse learning styles and support skill-building in social-emotional development.
Through the evidence-based Writing Workshop program developed at Teachers College, Columbia University, Lower School students become lifelong, confident readers and writers who display agency, skill, and independence.
Navigating the digital world requires many skills and habits that children don’t just pick up as they go. Through the Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship curriculum, students learn how to use technology safely and responsibly in age-appropriate ways at school and at home.
CDS Lower School is grounded in the Responsive Classroom approach to make our classrooms safe, challenging, and joyful places for children to learn and thrive. Morning meeting, interactive activities, and energizers allow students to practice social skills and create a positive community.