Lower School

Grades 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

Dance Music for Four-Hands Recital

Gilman Music Department Chair Ariel Dechosa and Peabody Professor Shirley Yoo will perform selections from Dvorak, Barber, Debussy, Brahms, and Khachaturian in a special tandem recital on Friday, February 23.

Book Club: Between the World and Me

The Gilman Middle School and Parents Association cordially invite you to an afternoon of fellowship to discuss the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates on Sunday, March 4 from 3-5:00 p.m. Rodney Glasgow '97, Head of Middle School and Chief Diversity Officer at St. Andrew's Episcopal School and a nationally recognized speaker, will facilitate the discussion. Please reserve your seat here for this free event by Friday, February 2.

GForce Lacrosse Clinic for grades 1-8

Lacrosse players in grades 1-8 can tune up for the spring season on Sunday, February 25 from 2-4:00 p.m., when Gilman hosts the GForce Lacrosse Clinic. The clinic will be run jointly by Gilman and Calvert Hall coaches, players, and alums, including Evan Connell, Davey Emala, and Patrick Kelly.

Submit Your Work to the Gilman Film Festival 2018

Young filmmakers, grades ranging from kindergarten through 12, are encouraged to submit original works to the eighth annual Daniel A. Citron Film Festival, to be held on Friday, May 11, 2018*, at the Alumni Auditorium. Submissions are due May 1, 2018.

Day of Service

While Gilman sponsors many opportunities for community service throughout the school year, the Service Saturday that took place during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend had a special significance. The day drew 70 volunteers to campus for two activities. Some boys packed 550 lunches for donation to the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center. Others created bowls to contribute to Empty Bowls for a fundraising event in March that benefits St. Vincent de Paul's programs to fight hunger in Baltimore. Here are scenes from the Middle School Art Room, where 550 lunches were assembled.

Kurt Schmoke is Keynote for MLK Convocation

University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke was the keynote speaker at Gilman's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. Schmoke offered a wide-ranging and Baltimore-centric perspective on Dr. King's influence on American culture, policy, and politics, stressing the importance of voting rights.

Lower School Calendar