Rumsey’s Lower School, Kindergarten – III Form (grades K-5), offers students a place to develop as individuals at their own pace. Teachers and instruction focus on students’ individual strengths and needs while presenting a strong base of knowledge and skills to build upon in the middle school years and beyond. Each class participates in a morning meeting program that focuses on citizenship and social skills, which underscores the School’s dedication to honesty, kindness, and respect.
The Lower School has self-contained classrooms located on the first floor of the Sanford House and in the Garissino Classroom Building. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nine academic periods begin at 8:00 a.m. after class meetings. English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies are taught by the classroom teachers. Classes in foreign languages, language skills, health, music, art, and physical education vary the students’ schedules by requiring them to move to different classrooms with specialized teachers. Normal class size is between twelve to fourteen students, which makes for a dynamic learning environment where everyone’s voice is heard and encouraged. Lunch is served family style in the David G. Barr Dining Hall.
After class, students may participate in the Afternoon Enrichment Program until 4:30 p.m. Activities include daily athletic and art options that vary seasonally. III Form (5th Grade) students have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Athletic Program, which includes various teams that compete with other schools.