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Lower student jumps the stream during outdoor science class.

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

Second Graders Get Fit For a Cause

At the beginning of April, the second graders kicked off "Cans for a Cause." Combining community service with fitness, students started each day by "training" for the Measurement Olympics by bringing in canned goods for strength training. After using the cans as weights to strengthen their triceps, biceps, shoulders, quads, and hamstrings, they collectively donated approximately 750 cans to the Donald Bentley Food Pantry

Gilman Summer! June through August 2021

Looking for academic enrichment and sports programs for your children this summer? At Gilman, we offer a variety of summer program options for K-12 students, designed and taught by Gilman faculty and field experts.

Summer is anything but quiet at Gilman. Register for Gilman Summer!

Please note: Registration for on-campus camps or classes will close two weeks before the first day of camp.

Lower School Calendar