A Day in Lower School—Early Childhood

A day in Calhoun’s Lower School—Early Childhood is made up of carefully-structured routines, which support academic risk taking and joyful learning. Dedicated blocks of work time allow students to develop new skills, practice problem solving, and discover their passions. Teachers are also deliberate in creating a secure environment in which children can explore activities outside of their comfort zone.

Hybrid Learning

To open school safely, Calhoun adopted a hybrid model. Explore what hybrid learning looks like at Calhoun across divisions.

Daily Schedule

  • 3’s (half-day): 8:45am-12pm
  • 3’s and 4’s: 8:45am-2:30pm
  • Kindergarten-2nd grade: 8:30am-2:45pm

Drop-In Care and After School Programs

Early drop-off care is available starting at 8am for 3’s-2nd grade students.

Calhoun’s After School Program (ASP) offers a wide range of choices for after-school activities for Calhoun students, 3's through 8th grade. Additional drop-in care and extended day services are available through Calhoun’s ASP program. Learn more.

Beyond the Classroom

Teachers frequently organize trips outside of school to deepen the learning experience and engagement of our students. Our preschoolers might begin their exploration with a nature walk around the neighborhood, while kindergarten-2nd grade students take field trips to nearby parks and museums, or various locations around the city related to their studies.

Project-based learning allows young students to develop research skills and foster a thirst for knowledge.

Assemblies provide young learners with opportunities to display their knowledge and build leadership skills early on.

Math concepts come to life with lively instruction and games that reinforce foundational skills.

Community and close relationships are essential parts of the LS-EC experience.

Students explore music, language, social justice and a number of diverse cultures in World Music.

Little Calhouners explore scientific concepts in the Discovery Lab through a number of hands-on projects.

One-on-one attention gives students the opportunity to connect with teachers and learn at their own pace.

Learn More

Learn more about our programs for preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade children.

Calhoun Clusters

Each student is part of a “cluster,” a Calhoun term for a class of 10-15 students who spend their day working, exploring and learning together.

Thanks to our small class sizes, teachers get to know students as individuals and are able to tailor activities to each child’s unique learning style.

Parent/Teacher Partnership

Parents are welcomed into the school as partners in their child’s education. Teachers are in close touch with families, whether through pick-up and drop-off times, weekly emails, or family conferences held throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to visit the classroom, joining class field trips, or volunteering.