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The Lower School is situated at the BRENT IBS just at the entrance of the campus andencompasses the primary (K-3) and elementary (4-6) grades. Students in theprimary grades enjoy a nurturing environment with low pupil-teacher ratios.Much personal attention and positive reinforcement help to promote healthyself-concepts and sound educational foundations.
In the elementary grades, academic, physical, social and spiritual development begun in the primary grades continues.Students become more aware of their accountability to others as well as theirindividual aptitudes and personal qualities. The faculty is engaged in thetotal development of the children as they progress through the Lower School.
Primary Grades (K-3)
Subjectsin the primary grades include reading, mathematics, language arts, science,social studies, art, music, religious education and physical education.Beginning in Kindergarten, a specialist promotes computer awareness andliteracy. Students in grades K-3 enjoy basic instruction in creative movementand dance
In reading, students improve their ability to recognize letters and words,read aloud, and comprehend the written and spoken word. Higher level skillssuch as predicting, summarizing and inferring are introduced and developed.Boys and girls learn to form letters, write complete sentences and cohesiveparagraphs, speak with standard intonation and syntax, and listen attentively.
In mathematics, students learn numeral recognition and formation, numbervalues and mathematical vocabulary. Throughout the primary grades there issystematic review and expansion of skills and concepts in performing fundamentaloperations and solving problems.
Students use computers to learn keyboarding skills, create graphics andbegin word processing. With parental permission and teacher guidance, theyaccess the Internet.
Grades K-3 attend chapel services once a month on Wednesday mornings andevery Friday morning with the entire Lower School.
The hours of the after-school program are 2:30-5:30 p.m., Monday throughFriday, during the school year.
Elementary Grades (4-6)
Grades 4-6 are departmentalized, and students report to different teachersfor their classes. The faculty and staff emphasize good citizenship, high moralstandards, sound study habits, and basic skills and concepts. As in the primarygrades, students advance when they master the material and receive additionalattention when they encounter difficulties.
The curriculum includes reading, written and oral communication,mathematics, social studies, science, art, music, religious education andphysical education. In computer classes, students develop more advanced skillsin word processing. They use the Internet and CD-ROM software for researchprojects. All students have study hall - a quiet period to do homework, preparefor another class or read.
Sixth graders may elect to take band. Students receive instruction inplaying woodwind or brass instruments.
Fourth graders and new students audition for the Lower School chorus. Thosewho sing well may elect to join returning fifth and sixth graders. Lower Schoolmembers have performed with students from the Upper School in concertsthroughout the world.
Students in grades 4-6 are eligible for hula, and those in grades 5 and 6may join modern jazz dance. Classes meet three times a week, and the boys andgirls perform in various programs.
Sixth graders also may elect to enroll in musical theater. This courseoffers students various aspects of musical theater including singing, actingand movement.
Fifth graders elect to become members of the Lower School beginning oradvanced orchestra. Many students continue with orchestra in the sixth gradeand Upper School, then go on to become accomplished musicians.
Fifth and sixth graders may choose to join the Orff Ensemble. Thisperforming group develops advanced recorder skills and uses barred instrumentsin combination with other percussion.
Grades 4-6 attend chapel services once a month on Wednesday mornings andevery Friday morning. Students have opportunities to be readers or speakers inchapel.
Lower School Library
The librarian works in partnership with classroom teachers to teach informationretrieval, explore interdisciplinary units, and encourage the love of reading.Reference service is provided on a one-to-one basis, as well as in regularlyscheduled classes. Students may use the Upper School Library when the needarises. Parents are welcome to borrow from the "Parents' Section" aswell as the regular collection.
The Lower School Library welcomes donations through the "BirthdayBook" program, which facilitates the growth of the collection.
Hours-- Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Collection-- 14,000 books, magazines and audiovisual resources.
Equipment-- computers with Internet access.
Hair should be neat and clean, with boys' hair not extending below thecollar.
Boys and girls wear P.E. uniforms and sneakers on P.E. days. BRENT IBS-related T-shirts are permissible.
Cleanliness and neatness of person and clothing are expected at all times.
In grades 4-6, students are expected to stand when an adult visitor entersthe classroom. When speaking with an adult, a student should address thatperson either by the last name preceded by Mr., Mrs., Miss or Ms., or as Ma'amor Sir.
In the interest of safety, climbing trees, buildings, fences, etc. is notallowed.
Students should not run on the walkways or playground equipment.
Tackle football is prohibited. There is to be no throwing of balls atothers except for large, soft playground balls.
Gum-chewing and card-playing are not permitted on campus.
Cellular phones and ipods may be used before and after school only. They are to be turned off and stored in school bags during the day. Students are responsible for these items.
Electronic games, CD players, radios and the like are not permitted oncampus unless they are used for classroom assignments.
Other forms of misbehavior not specifically described above will be subjectto the same corrective action if, in the determination of the Dean, suchbehavior fails to respect human or property rights of others or disrupts theeducational process.
As a general rule, these rules apply to school hours within the school day.However, students identified for misconduct off campus during school hours aresubject to the same rules and corrective measures that govern misconduct oncampus. These rules apply also to all school functions, includingschool-sanctioned trips, regardless of the hour or day.
In certain instances, there may be misconduct off campus, not during schoolhours, that places into question whether the student should be allowed toremain in school. In those instances, the school reserves the right to takewhatever action it deems necessary, including, but not limited to, expulsion.