Lower School

In the Lower School (Grades 1-5), teachers provide dynamic instruction within a caring environment in order to reestablish students’ confidence, rekindle their joy for learning, and nurture their growth as mindful individuals who are prepared to recognize possibilities, overcome obstacles, and generate solutions to the challenges of not only today but tomorrow. 

Lower School teachers help students begin to develop an understanding of who they are as learners while building a foundation of tools, strategies, knowledge, and personal characteristics that will enable them to take charge of their own learning and meet with success.


Benchmark taught me that with focus and determination, I can achieve anything. 
Winston Beever, Benchmark '12, Church Farm School '15, Skidmore College


Sally Laird
Assistant Head of School & Head of Lower School