Lower School

The Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. The goal is to enable optimal student learning. Created by classroom teachers and backed by results of independent studies, the Responsive Classroom approach is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. The approach therefore consists of fostering practices both in the classroom and school-wide deliberately designed to help children build these skills.


List of 7 items.

  • Literacy

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  • Comprehension

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  • Spelling and Phonics

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  • Math

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  • History and Geography

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  • Science

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  • Foreign Language

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List of 4 items.

  • Art

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  • Music

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  • Physical Education

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  • Library

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Lower School Staff

List of 2 members.

  • Caroline Badri 

    Head of Lower School
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  • Lynn Arnold 

    LS Administrative Assistant
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Fast Facts

  • Instruction is individualized, thematic and interdisciplinary.
  • Spanish and Mandarin are taught in Lower School.
  • In-school music or voice lessons are available during the day.
  • Science and social studies are taught in each grade.
  • Recess and exercise are considered part of the learning experience.
  • Coding and robotics begin in first grade and goes through fifth grade.
  • Each day begins with morning meeting in preschool through fifth grade.
  • Teachers have close relationships with all their students, and tailor instruction to individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Our students are engaged learners who want to be here and to be involved in all aspects of the school day.

An independent, college-preparatory school founded in 1908, Lancaster Country Day School combines a rigorous curriculum with a supportive and encouraging faculty to ensure that every preschool-12th grade student receives the best education available. In addition to Lancaster, students come from Hershey, York and Reading to become part of our vibrant, high-spirited community.

Lancaster Country Day School © 2013

725 Hamilton Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 392-2916