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Lower School (PK3-5)

Fuqua's Lower School is comprised of grades pre-kindergarten (PK) through grade five. Fuqua School’s pre-kindergarten program is the first step in your child’s educational journey at Fuqua School. Important to this environment is an emotional climate that is loving, nurturing and safe, as well as an educational climate that is stimulating, enriching and challenging. Our goal is to strengthen each child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development to extend beyond their pre-kindergarten years. We are proud of our small class sizes, wonderful classroom spaces, excellent learning resources, and dedicated teachers. Our programs provide students the opportunity to use hands on exploration and stimulating materials to extend curricular concepts at his or her own level. A partnership, which includes close communication between home and school, is maintained to provide the best educational experiences possible for each child. Fuqua School’s pre-kindergarten programs offer a number of options for parents. Children may attend five days, four days, three days, or two days a week for full days or half days. Using these options, parents frequently enroll their children on a part-time basis and increase the time in the program as their child develops. This helps transition children gradually into a full-time experience.

Classes in grades K 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 K and 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.

CURRICULUM

Fuqua's Lower School has a comprehensive curriculum that integrates the Virginia SOLs. Emphasis is placed on hands-on learning, real-life problem solving, and higher level thinking strategies.

Core Subjects (taught primarily by the regular classroom teacher) Language Arts, Math, Science*, Social Studies 
*The science curriculum is enhanced by a STEAM Lab program facilitated by a STEAM Lab teacher.
 
Special Area Subjects (taught by a special resource teacher)

 Art (PK-5)  General Music (PK - Grade 3)
 Library (PK-5)  Recorders (Grade 4)
 Technology (PK-5)  Band (Grade 5)
 Physical Education * (PK-5)  Spanish (PK-5)
 STEAM Lab (PK-5)

 

*All students have at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily (physical education class or supervised recess). 

HONOR ROLL

Students in grades 4-12 may earn Honor Roll each quarter. Honor Roll consists of three  categories: High Academic Honors, Academic Honors, and Honors. During a grading period, students who earn all A’s attain High Academic Honors; students with all A’s and B’s attain Academic Honors; and those with a 3.0 GPA with no grade less than a C- for the grading period attain Honors.  To be named to the Honor Roll for the semester, students must meet the same criteria outlined above for the two grading periods which comprise the semester. To be named for the year, students must meet the criteria for both semesters (Upper School) or all four grading periods (Lower and Middle School).