​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)

  • 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.