Academics

Lower School

Welcome to the Lower School!

At the Lower School, we focus on educating the entire child in a way that both supports and challenges them and that is appropriate for each student. We believe it is just as important to build positive attitudes toward school and learning, as it is to have strong academics. We are blessed to do this in a strong community where each member is valued and God is honored.

Classrooms

Whole Child

We believe in and practice an elementary education of the whole child: academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

At The Master's School, we are blessed to be able to educate the whole child. Our approach to learning allows us to develop each child in a way that encourages their individual uniqueness to shine through as they work to grow and reach their own goals in a variety of disciplines. To ensure that this occurs, our students attend a variety of specials every week including Physical Education, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts. We also ensure that students have plenty of time each day for lunch and recess, allowing them the opportunity for many different social interactions.

Physical Education

Lower School Physical Education classes combine traditional focuses like overall fitness, skill development, sports/games exposure, healthy habits, and stretching with a cutting-edge approach that includes leadership development, social skills and behavioral goals, and a focus on encouraging a lifetime of fitness. Students are challenged to develop a greater understanding of their own interests and accompanying healthy activities that they will carry with them in the future.

Visual Arts

The Lower School art room is located in a spacious studio equipped for a variety of art disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking and pottery. Nature themes are often a focus of artwork inspired by the beauty of our unique surroundings. As students enjoy creative experiences, they recognize the special contributions each can make in the learning process. In art class we think deeply, have meaningful discussions and work toward wonderful creative design solutions. Children become equipped with concepts, vocabulary, techniques, skills, understandings in art history, and exposure to a variety of art forms. While delighting in stimulating art experiences offered in a safe, nurturing environment, they are developing confidence and ability to observe, critique, take risks and persevere. Our focus on design provides many opportunities to consider the work of The Creator, and recognize His unique design and plan for each life.  We celebrate our learning in an annual all-school Spring Art Show.

Performing Arts

Whether in the classroom or on stage, students discover that we can all learn to make music in many different ways. The Lower School music curriculum draws from the Orff Schulwerk and the Kodály methods primarily. These approaches teach music through the medium children know best – play! An emphasis on folk song and movement creates a natural and joyful classroom environment for fostering musical awareness and sensitivity, cultivating music literacy, and developing performance skills. From Early Kindergarten to Grade 5, students create, perform, respond, and make connections with the foundational elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, form, timbre, listening and appreciation, history, and instruments (pitched and non-pitched). Performance experiences include in class, Chapel, Christmas and Spring concerts.
The Master’s School is an independent, college-preparatory, non-denominational Christian day school enrolling children in preschool through post-graduate in West Simsbury, CT.

The Master's School opens its doors to all qualified students regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious affiliation. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs.