A Day in Lower School

A day in Calhoun’s Lower School is made up carefully-structured routines, which supports 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.

Daily Schedule

  • 3’s (half-day): 8:45am-12pm
  • 3’s and 4’s: 8:45am-2:30pm
  • Kindergarten-1st grade: 8:30am-2:45pm
  • 2nd-5th grades: 8:30am-3pm

Calhoun’s schedule is built on a six-day rotation; activities and classes are not linked to the days of the week, but rotate through days one through six. This structure ensures that a day of classes isn’t missed when a holiday occurs.

Drop-In Care and After School Programs

Early drop-off care is available starting at 8am for 3’s-2nd grade students and starting at 7:30am for 3rd-5th graders.

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.

Lunch Program

Calhoun teams up with Red Rabbit to offer an optional lunch program to children in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Full day 3's and 4's students—as well as kindergarten through 2nd graders who do not use the Red Rabbit program—may bring nut-free lunches from home. Students at the 81st Street building enjoy nutritious meals as part of Calhoun’s “Eat Right Now” lunch program.

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-5th grade students take field trips to nearby parks and museums, or various locations around the city related to their studies. In 4th grade, children take their first overnight trip as Calhoun students to Black Rock Forest.

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. Starting in 3rd grade, students travel as a cluster group to different subject teachers, but meet at the beginning and end of each day with their cluster teacher.

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

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 also encouraged to take part in the life of the school by visiting the classroom, joining class field trips, or volunteering.