Lower School

Beginning a lifelong love of discovery.

The Lower School provides the foundation. From an early age, Steward students begin to discover that the world is a fascinating place. Field trips, performances, and community service are creatively integrated into the academic curriculum at every level.

Our JK students get a hands-on look at life on a real farm, while our fourth graders help our kindergartners travel the virtual globe.

The third-grade safety patrol warmly greets Lower School students every morning. Those same students look forward to visiting state landmarks when they delve into Virginia history as fourth graders. These students are also busy getting to know early explorers through art and journalism. By fifth grade, students begin tackling deeper topics like the Civil War and civil rights. Each grade level brings a new horizon with a journey full of exciting discoveries along the way.

Our experience shows that with our small classes and high degree of personal attention, students can be introduced to a broad spectrum at a young age. Fine arts, foreign language, science, and mathematics all serve to make school an exciting place for Steward students from day one. In the process, our students gain skills in asking questions, reasoning, and solving problems. By the end of Lower School, your child will know much about the world, will want to know more, and will have discovered in himself or herself a capable and caring individual.

 

The Lower School incorporates many exciting festivities and traditions throughout the year including:

  • The Fall Carnival
  • Annual Holiday Program
  • The Lower School Jamboree
  • The Accelerated Reader program
  • Foreign Language Day
  • Field Day
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • Beach Day
  • Student Talent Night
  • Minds in Motion
  • Destination ImagiNation
  • The Oratorical Program

Facilities

Dixon Hall houses the Lower School with 18 classrooms, a dining commons, library, computer lab, the Discovery Lab, a conference room, Parent Resource Center, staff offices, tutoring areas, nurse’s area, and the offices of the Center for the Advancement of Learning. In addition to Dixon Hall, the Lower School students use the Athletic Center and Cramer Center for the Arts on a daily basis. These state-of-the-art facilities enhance our programs and offer more opportunities for advancement. Highlights of Dixon Hall include:

  • Dining Commons: A dedicated eating facility for all Lower School students, also utilized as a meeting room for parents, a mini theatre, and as a home for the AfterSchool Care program
  • Discovery Lab: A dedicated space, complete with full kitchen, for hands-on projects for all Lower School students
  • Computer Lab: 16 stations specifically for Lower School Students
  • Administrative Wing: The primary entranceway for the Lower School houses offices for the director of Lower School, the academic dean, and their assistant
  • Conference Room for meetings
  • Library: Expanded facility with capability for 15,000 volumes
  • Charlotte's Corner, honoring former Lower School Director, Weezie Wiltshire, a special reading nook for JK through first-grade students.
  • Improved classrooms with capability to have four computer workstations, with built-in storage spaces to create additional floor space for working with students; smartboards located in almost all classrooms and the Computer Lab; two moveable carts with sets of 16 laptops each and one moveable cart with 16 iPads that all easily travel from room to room

Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15

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