We work diligently to guide young Highlanders in developing a lifelong love of reading and writing, which begins in the Lower School. Our strong and balanced literacy approach blends the instruction of phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency through guided and independent reading. We challenge our student community of engaged and confident readers and writers to expand their critical thinking and intellectual curiosity through independent reading and interactive workshops.
Beginning in PreK, our science curriculum is designed to ignite scientific thinking, curiosity, and exploration through inquiry-based learning. The scientific method is practiced at each grade level during student-centered activities and labs. Additional learning experiences in both the Primary and Intermediate Science Enrichment Labs engage each child’s natural curiosity while building upon core knowledge gained through direct instruction.
Problem solving is at the core of every math question. Using Singapore Math strategies, students develop a strong foundation of key skills and concepts through sequential engagement with concrete models, pictorial representations, and abstract symbols.
In the intermediate grades, students are placed according to ability, achievement, and level of responsibility. Each grade, four through six, includes advanced and accelerated levels. An additional level, Pre-Algebra, is offered to qualified students in 6th grade.
With patriotism as a tenet of our mission, the Lower School social studies curriculum encourages our students to recognize their roles as responsible citizens in a culturally diverse and democratic society. Students study cultures in order to comprehend the ways in which people and groups address similar human needs and concerns. The progression of study allows our youngest students to understand self, family, and community.
As knowledge expands, history and government are discussed at the state, national, and global levels. Students are encouraged to research events through a variety of resources, to understand the perspectives of others, both past and present, and analyze events, decisions, and the results.
The goal of our Spanish program is for students to acquire early proficiency in listening, speaking, and writing, thus forming the basis for more advanced foreign language study. An understanding and appreciation of Spanish culture is encouraged through hands-on activities and celebrations.
Sixth graders gain a greater appreciation for cultures through World Languages, a year-long course that introduces students to Chinese, French and Latin in addition to continued studies of Spanish.
The physical education program at LHPS nurtures physical, social and emotional health and wellness. Movement-based instruction develops a student’s ability to work cooperatively with others while instilling a positive view of fitness and physical activities.
PE classes are offered daily in addition to playground time.