As a parent, you know that where and how children spend their formative years matter.
That’s why choosing the right private elementary school is so important — you want your child to love coming to school and learning! You also want them to build a strong academic foundation in an environment that will simultaneously nurture their development socially and emotionally.
Wondering what your child’s day will look like at Pardes?
Here’s a snapshot of our Lower School curriculum:
Students set the tone for the day and connect with peers, sharing important events in their lives, doing a collaborative activity, and focusing their intentions. It’s a powerful time of connection that fosters social and emotional growth.
We utilize the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project from Teachers College at Columbia University, which helps young learners become avid and skilled readers and writers through state-of-the-art tools and methods.
Students love our interactive science program that asks them to solve a mystery with each lesson. Mystery Science is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Lessons include exciting hands-on experiences, interactive videos, and discussion questions requiring students to make connections and inferences.
Project Based Learning is woven throughout the curriculum and allows students to work on hands-on projects daily. Some even span throughout an entire semester! At Pardes, projects exist to drive learning, not merely to prove learning. We value process as much as product.
We use Reveal Math, a curriculum that is grounded in contemporary research and teaches foundational skills while fostering a mathematical mindset in our students.
Students explore the benefits of learning a second language, connect to Judaism by analyzing stories of the Torah, discuss Jewish values, and explore the meaning of prayers, holidays, and traditions.
Whether in Makerspace, musical theater, PE, or art, students explore their natural talents through specials and build connections with peers over shared experiences.
Our Lower School day runs from 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., but we offer morning and afternoon care so your child can be in a safe and consistent environment each day. Morning care begins on campus at 7:30 a.m. Afternoon activities are offered through Club J at the Jewish Community Center until 5:30 p.m.
Meet Our Exceptional Teachers
Our dedicated Lower School faculty leads students in Project Based Learning, integrating technology in age-appropriate ways. They regularly attend top-level education workshops around the country; this professional development allows them to bring research-based best practices to the classroom each day.
By modeling kindness and emphasizing character development, Lower School teachers make a lasting impression on their students, showing them how to care for one another and be good citizens. You won’t have to wonder how your child is doing at Pardes — we believe open communication is key for a strong home-school partnership.
Visit our Faculty & Staff Directory to read more about our amazing educators.