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

Bingo Night at Gilman

Enjoy a night of Bingo and Gilman camaraderie in the Lumen Center, Friday, November 30 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., hosted by the lacrosse program. Tickets are $10 each. This event often sells out so don't take your chances at the door: get yours now via email to Coach Brooks Matthews or by phone at 410-323-3800, ext. 652.

2017 Cultural Arts Festival

Planning is underway for the 16th Annual Cultural Arts Festival, which will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019. The Parent Committee for this event is seeking volunteers to share their ethnic or cultural heritage with the community or help on the day of the event. Here's how to volunteer.

Harvesting for the Hungry

Gilman families showed up in force at First Fruits Farm during the first Service Saturday of the school year. More than 25 Gilman students and their families helped to harvest approximately 2,000 pounds of tomatoes and 30,000 ears of corn that were made available to needy area families. See photos here.

Nathan Hale Draws Gilman Monster

The author of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, an award-winning graphic novel series that showcases historic events and individuals, spent a day with Gilman’s Lower and Middle Schools last month. Read all about it here.

Gilman Welcomes New Fellows

Meet Cooper Penn Fellow Natalie Cheung, Callard Penn Fellow Jake Scott, and Foreman Fellow Greg Calhoun here.

Using His Talent for Good

Matthew Schneider '29 and his sister Maggie spearheaded a benefit concert for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The benefit was their idea, after they lost an uncle to leukemia. The two performed on quarter-size violins along with a group of Juilliard-trained musicians. Learn more in this Baltimore Magazine profile.

Lower School Calendar