The early years of childhood are filled with wonder and exploration. We understand that children learn best by doing and strive to cultivate an environment where children are active participants, decision makers, collaborators, and problem solvers. Our philosophy of active learning is woven throughout all of our programs. Our dedicated faculty capitalize on children’s natural sense of curiosity to help them construct knowledge in ways that make sense and build a lifetime love of learning. Our balanced, challenging curriculum develops important academic skills and allows children to understand how these fit into the broader world of big ideas. We are dedicated to teaching the whole child and believe that all domains of development (social, emotional, physical, and cognitive) are intrinsically linked with academic achievement. Life in the Lower School should be full of opportunities to try something new, to take a risk without fear of failure, to build new friendships and to gain a solid foundation in the academic skills that are the building blocks for success in middle school and beyond to our global world.
As the only independent school in the region to serve students from Preschool through Grade Twelve, the Sayre community fosters relationships across the ages. Students and their families develop a rapport with each other, with our teachers, and with the administration. These are bonds that facilitate communication, discussion, and safe exploration. The Lower School is so pleased to be children’s first “home” in their Sayre journey and we urge you to come and visit so that you can experience firsthand the strength of our academic program, the warmth of our nurturing environment, the enthusiasm of our students and the dedication of our faculty.