Fuqua's Lower School is comprised of grades pre-kindergarten (PK) through grade five. Classes in grades PK through three are multi-aged. The multi-age philosophy acknowledges that students in a particular grade will be working at a variety of academic and developmental levels. By being in a multi-age classroom, the classroom environment is supported with a wide range of materials, resources, technology, and learning strategies to focus on the child's "boundless individual potential" as well as collaboration with classmates. Classes consist of two grade levels, and students typically remain with the same teacher for two years, increasing continuity of learning. The average class size is 16 students with a full-time teacher assistant in grades PK-1 providing a 1:8 teacher to student ratio, and a part-time assistant in each classroom for grades two and three. Students in grades four and five are in a self-contained classroom with a part-time assistant in both rooms.
Art, music, Spanish, library, technology, and physical education classes are provided weekly by specially-trained teachers. These classes are scheduled in blocks of time to reduce fragmentation of the instructional days. In addition, students visit the STEAM Lab weekly where students use collaborative learning to build and create using concepts in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
Fuqua's Lower School also offers before and after school care. Our Falcon Care is open from 7:15 am-8:15 am and is located on the Lower School campus. Falcon Care reopens from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm. Both are open Monday through Friday (exceptions: half days, school holidays, delayed openings and emergency closings.) Fees do apply.
A parent recently shared, “Fuqua feels so ALIVE! It has been a wonderful year for us, both academically and socially. It means a lot to drive up and have the parents and staff at Fuqua greet my children by name. That creates a safe, caring, nurturing environment which I value in education. Fuqua is a total package and I am grateful to be able to send my children.”