Students in grades four, five, and six read a series of selected novels and anthologies, with opportunities to analyze and write cogently about literature. Grammar and vocabulary are emphasized, and an Academy-wide writing continuum provides regular instruction in composition and constant writing practice.
Math in the Lower School covers a wide range of skills and concepts, with instruction in problem-solving, geometry, algebra preparation, data collection, measurement, probability, and statistics. Our approach provides students with a solid foundation for understanding mathematical concepts and teaches efficient use of computational skills and problem-solving strategies.
In grades four, five, and six, our students focus on earth, physical, and life sciences. Students learn about scientific processes through hands-on experimentation, problem-solving, and field trips for experiential learning.
Students develop greater understanding of our world through Social Studies. Fourth graders explore the five regions of the United States, learning about geographical similarities and differences, cultural diversity, and economic opportunities; they also conduct an in-depth study of the history, people, and economy of Georgia. Fifth graders analyze the historic foundations of our country and how the outcome of conflicts shaped our nation through the Reconstruction period. Sixth graders study economics, ancient civilizations, and feudalism.
Physical Education is an important part of our program, and students may opt for dance instead of P.E. twice weekly. Spanish is also part of our curriculum, as preparation for world languages in Middle and Upper School. Students have opportunities to explore the arts and music during the school day. Intramural sports and a wide range of cocurricular opportunities—from animation and yoga to scouting—are offered after school.