Lower School

Grades pre-Kindergarten - Five

Channeling Curiosity.

Young children are intrinsically motivated to learn. They look at the world around them with wonder and a desire to understand all they experience. Our goal is for Lower School boys to head off to Middle School with their internal drive to learn intact.The Gilman Lower School curriculum helps boys develop the foundational knowledge, learning skills, and personality traits to prepare them for success in school and beyond. We nurture the innate curiosity, wonder, and desire to learn in each boy.

Our curriculum recognizes the unique needs of young boys and channels their natural energy, curiosity, and exuberance into learning activities at every age. The kindergarten program bridges the pre-school and primary school years, engaging boys in an enriching and age-appropriate academic program that meets their specific developmental and educational needs, and the prep-one class offers a singular transition for those boys not quite ready for the rigors of an academically-oriented first grade. The overall Lower School program is challenging, yet warm, friendly, and supportive.

Lower School Stories

Cultural Arts Festival on February 10
Join us for a spectacular afternoon highlighting the rich diversity within the Gilman community at the 16th Annual Cultural Arts Festival, Sunday, February 10, 2019, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Old Gym.
Dom Flemons visits LS

Dom Flemons, co-founder of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, visited the Lower School to talk about the history of American music, introduce unusual instruments, perform traditional songs, and more.

Going Back in Time

In one of Gilman's most cherished traditions, our thirteen-year seniors have lunch with the current Prep-One boys, connecting our oldest students to those who are among our youngest. Learn more and see a photo gallery from this year's lunch.

Fun and Fundraising with Bingo

A large turnout for the Lacrosse Bingo event yielded more than family fun for hundreds of players of all ages. It also raised more than $3,500 for the varsity lacrosse team training trip to Arizona during spring break. Here is a photo gallery from the evening.

Jack Peternotte '27 with his trophy

Jack Paternotte ’27 has won the Mid-Atlantic Squash Championship for under-11 players. He is ranked #1 in the state for his age group and #41 in the U.S. Jack always plays in his Gilman gear and proudly represents the School. He is known by players and parents as a gentleman on and off the court. Well done, Jack!

Lower School Calendar