Lower School: Preschool - Grade 5

The Lower School provides a blend of challenge and nurture in an educational environment.

At St. Andrew’s, we believe how children learn is as important as what they learn. In the Lower School, we carefully craft the classroom community so our broadly diverse group of students have a sense of belonging, significance, and emotional safety.
In keeping with the Responsive Classroom® approach, students begin each day by gathering in a circle to greet and share with one another. Teachers and students work together to name individual and class goals and create a plan to support the goals. The class meets again at the end of each day to reflect. Within this caring environment, your child will feel comfortable taking risks, collaborating, negotiating, and self-advocating with peers and teachers.
Highlights of the lower school:

List of 6 items.

  • 2

    Lower School design labs to learn coding, robotics, and design thinking
  • 5

    days of physical education each week for grades 3–5
  • 100%

    of K–5 students engage in service learning
  • 20

    clubs and after-school programs offered to Lower School students
  • 9

    field trips annually per grade for students in K–5
  • 31,000

    square feet in our new purposefully designed Lower School building


The science and design programs are amazing—as a kindergartner my son came home and said he wanted to be an ichthyologist! Teachers are amazingly respectful of children as learners.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.