The Janet and Jeffrey Beck Lower School curriculum is designed to foster academic excellence and meet individual needs, nurturing each student’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder. Motivated from within, our children acquire a sense of self and accomplishment that allows for experiences of creativity, independent study, choice, and responsibility. These experiences are reinforced through warm, disciplined classroom environments and loving teachers devoted to enhancing each child’s personal development. Embracing the sciences, mathematics, the humanities, Hebrew language and Jewish studies, the arts, and physical and health education, our curriculum integrates material taught within each grade and across the grade levels. In this way, we lay the foundation for a well-rounded education and lifetime love of learning. Through emphasis on critical and intuitive thinking, as well as analysis and creative problem-solving, our children acquire the intellectual independence essential to succeed in a world of accelerating change.
Differentiated instruction designed to meet the learning needs of each individual student begins during the Lower School years as learning specialists, counselors, and classroom teachers work toward accommodating individual learning styles. Students are challenged to meet their maximum potential in academics, the arts, and as individuals. Emphasis is placed on social responsibility within the school community and the community at large.
Click here to download a copy of the K-4 Curriculum.
The Extended Day Program is offered from dismissal until 6 p.m. (5 p.m. on Fridays). First grade through fourth grade students will receive homework assistance from 3:30-5 p.m. Both Hebrew and general homework help will be provided. One Educare class per day is included for students enrolled until 5 pm or later. Additionally, specialty classes such as Tumbling, Art, and Spanish are available for Kindergarten from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and from 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Extra-curricular activities and clubs are offered to students after school. Offerings can be found on the Veracross Parent Portal.
Extended Day Afternoons* (Grades 1-4) Monday-Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Fridays 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Kindergarten starts at 3 p.m..
*For Lower School students with older siblings enrolled at Levine Academy, Extended Day Program fees are waived for 1/2 hour for each day enrolled.
There are days within the school year when classes are dismissed at 12 p.m. and the Extended Day program may not be offered. Please refer to your school calendar for early dismissal dates.