Lower School Academic Highlights

St. David's Lower School seeks to engage and challenge students' minds and capture the joy and excitement of learning.

The Lower School program, grades Pre-K-4, establishes a strong foundation upon which St. David’s students begin their academic journey. The Lower School seeks to engage and challenge the students’ minds and capture the joy and excitement of learning, as we meet their developmental needs and set them up for success in the Middle and Upper Schools.

Our Lower School curriculum emphasizes the core subjects of reading, mathematics and written expression, and also places importance on science, social studies and the integration of concepts throughout different disciplines in order to develop each student’s foundational learning and critical thinking. Kindergarteners through 4th graders also participate in daily physical education and a wide array of exciting enrichments in academics, fine arts, Spanish and STEAM.


The Pre-Kindergarten program instills a love of learning by nurturing and encouraging the development of the whole child...


St. David's Kindergarten provides children with a strong foundation for future success while creating a secure, nurturing environment...

1st Grade

In the 1st grade at St. David's School, we challenge the creative and curious nature of children by providing an environment that will...

2nd Grade

Second grade students travel to UNC to visit the Morehead Planetarium.

3rd Grade

Third grade at St. David's inspires learners to reach their full potential by facilitating independence...

4th Grade

Fourth grade students study the state of North Carolina, taking trips to both the mountains and the coast.

Lower School Interdisciplinary Events

Students in all grades participate in these events in the Lower School.

Friday Assembly

In addition to our weekly Chapel services, the Lower School’s Friday Assembly is a lively and energetic time of contemporary praise and worship music with both teacher- and student-led devotionals.

Science Festival

Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade students are introduced to the design-thinking process, embarking on a journey that leads to increased empathy, critical thinking, collaboration and outside-the-box problem solving.

International Night

This event is the culmination of the division-wide study of a specific region of the world. Each grade level chooses a different country from that region, and students explore the culture, geography, habitats, strengths and difficulties.

Fun Run

This 2-K run through campus takes place on a cool and beautiful autumn morning! Students, parents and teachers participate to emphasize healthy habits, goal setting and fun through exercise.

Warriors for Christ

As part of St. David’s mission to develop and foster virtue, the Lower School studies a group of character traits from scripture throughout the year. Each week in our Chapel service, students are recognized for how the Lord is working through them in exhibiting these traits and impacting others in our classrooms and community.