The Lower School is home to kindergarten through fourth grade students guided on their learning journey by an enthusiastic, highly-qualified staff. The curriculum at High Point Friends School attends to the education and growth of the whole child through meaningful and reflective learning experiences. The engaging opportunities that students are provided daily are student-centered, hands-on, and experiential. Paideia seminars are frequently used to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students, enriching the students’ problem solving, expression and conversational skills. Character education is woven throughout every aspect of students’ experiences at HPFS. Students are immersed in the fundamental principles of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship through daily discussions, morning meetings, weekly student-led worship, monthly all-school worship, and service learning. At High Point Friends School, the student voice is listened to, valued and respected.
Every teacher at High Point Friends School is highly qualified and trained in best practices within education. Teachers urge students to have a growth mindset and encourage productive struggle based on each child’s unique learning methods. Orton-Gillingham (a proven, multi-sensory approach) is used to teach reading and fluency throughout the Lower School. The Everyday Math Program is used in grades K-2 to teach higher level math problem solving and reinforce basic math skills and Math Connects is used in grades 3-4.
Lower School students enjoy additional enrichment classes that include art, music, computer, social-emotional leadership, media and Spanish classes. Students in 3rd and 4th grade also enjoy chorus class and a second Spanish class each week. Additionally, daily physical education and fitness activities are provided by our physical education teacher for all grade levels.
Teaching our students to responsibly contribute to an ever-changing world is a vital part of the High Point Friends School curriculum. Cultural competence skills are interwoven into all aspects of Lower School. Students also benefit from a bi-weekly targeted lesson on global cultures taught by a UNCG graduate student in the Peace and Conflict Studies program. Students participate in problem-based learning projects and discussions revolving around the cultural barriers citizens face across the globe. Classroom teachers supplement these lessons throughout the week.
It is our belief that all students can succeed and thrive in a warm and nurturing atmosphere that challenges the minds and hearts of young children and the adults who teach them.
Kindergarten – 4th Grade school hours: 8:30 – 3:00
5th Grade school hours: 8:10 – 3:15
Tuition assistance is available for families of Lower School students that meet the requirements. Click here for the annual tuition information.