​Lower School - Kindergarten, Grades 1 - 4

The Erie Day School Lower School (Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 4) curriculum encourages children to explore, learn, create and work cooperatively.  Active participation is a point of emphasis, and students acquire the basic skills necessary for the more complex concepts of Middle School.

The Lower School curriculum consists of reading, writing, speaking, listening, mathematics, handwriting, science and social studies.  A ‘hidden’ curriculum consists of social etiquette, character education highlighting Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and environmental sustainability preparedness.

Students also take French, technology skills, studio-based art and music classes on a weekly basis. Organized physical education is an important part of everyday life for students. Enrichment and individual assistance are available from our learning specialists for students who may benefit from additional challenges or academic support outside the classroom.

Lower School Academic Programs (Kindergarten and Grades 1—4)

  • International Baccalaureate philosophy
  • World language learning
  • Cross-curricular integration
  • STEM
  • Visual and performing arts classes
  • Physical education classes
  • Experiential education with local destinations
  • Big buddy collaboration with Early Education and Middle School students
  • Remedial reading and math services
  • Barton tutoring
  • Enrichment services
  • Speech and language services
  • After-school activities 

Lower School Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Phonics
  • Mathematics
  • Handwriting
  • Social Studies

EDS Lower School sports include cross country running, and indoor and outdoor soccer.  The teams play in the Erie Parochial League.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School

Erie Day School’s Lower School (Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 4) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school - the only elementary school in northwest Pennsylvania to receive this accreditation. Students participating in the Primary Years Program will develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.  The curriculum represents the best from many different countries rather than the exported national system of any one. The IB curriculum will be maintained with our high standards by on-going training for our educators. We believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All IB students are exposed to a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally which is essential for life in the 21st century. We encourage a positive attitude learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, reflect critically, develop research skills, and learn how to learn. We encourage community service because there is more to learning than academic studies alone. IB World Schools cooperate in curriculum development, student assessment, and the governance of the IB, making this a unique international collaboration.