Lower School

What could your child achieve in a class of 14 students? Come in and take a look at the amazing student work displayed on our walls!

All classes at Chatham Day School are created to contain 14 or fewer students, and this intentional design has everything to do with the strong academic foundation we build for each student. During the elementary years, students begin to formulate an impression of themselves as learners and come to understand both their individual learning styles and how to develop successful study habits. In this critical time of tremendous academic growth, students need teachers who can devote time and attention to every child. Our class size ensures that each student is an active participant throughout the day, can ask and answer questions, receives differentiated instruction, and enjoys lessons that are interesting and thought-provoking.

In addition to the many benefits a low teacher-to-student ratio can provide, the curriculum taught in the lower school division has many noteworthy hallmarks such as a highly regarded reading and writing curriculum, a one-on-one daily reading program in kindergarten and first grade, an advanced mathematics curriculum, a science curriculum based on inquiry and experimentation, and a yearlong character education program.

While the CDS faculty creates a rigorous academic experience, balance and creative expression are also important. Learning opportunities outside of the homeroom class are plentiful. All students enjoy visual and performing arts classes, Spanish instruction, daily physical education classes, and trips to the school library and science laboratory. In addition, as students advance through the elementary grades, they benefit from our unique communication classes. The beautiful fifteen-acre campus provides abundant outdoor classroom and recreation spaces, and carefully selected field trips complement the units of study.

Elementary students play a critical role in demonstrating leadership and citizenship. They participate in multiple service learning programs and have increasing opportunities with each passing year to serve as role models in the CDS community.