Thursday, December 1, 2022

Saint Andrew’s Lower School is a Step Above the Rest

Experts agree that the early years of a student’s education are the most formative, and there’s no better place for young scholars in Palm Beach County than Saint Andrew’s School. 

Saint Andrew’s School provides two experienced teachers in each classroom from Pre-K through grade five, while other schools only provide a second teacher through grade three, if at all. In fact, Saint Andrew’s School is the only school in the state of Florida that has two teachers in all classrooms throughout the full lower school program. In a time when overcrowding in public elementary schools is rampant and student performance is suffering as a result, there is no better educational environment for lower-school students. 

Not only does Saint Andrew’s Lower School provide two experienced teachers in each classroom, they also employ specialists in areas such as performing arts, technology, mathematics, science, and world languages.

Saint Andrew’s lower school programs offer two curriculums that are unique to the school: Singapore Math and a balanced literacy model for instruction in language arts. Singapore math employs a teaching methodology that emphasizes a conceptual approach to understanding math. The balanced literacy model is designed to meet the diverse reading and writing needs of all students using a unique unification of three exceptional world-renowned methodologies: The Teachers College Writing and Reading Project (TCWRP), The Orton-Gillingham Approach, and Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Continuum.

Inspired by successful techniques in Finland, Saint Andrew’s approach to lower school education strives to create the educational environment most conducive to students’ success. That environment is exemplified by the school’s Buddy Program for lower school students.

The hallmark of the Buddy Program is the ongoing relationship that is built between four and five-year-olds and grade five students. Grade five students visit Pre-K and Kindergarten classes at the beginning of each day and work with their younger counterparts one-on-one. These partnerships help to develop leadership skills in grade five students and prepare their younger buddies for the curriculum they will be taught as they grow up.

Lower School students also participate in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), which focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer – in the classroom and the world outside. The education provided at Saint Andrew’s lower school is a springboard to academic success that will carry students above and beyond their counterparts at other institutions. 

Top early childhood programs such as Saint Andrew’s School achieve success by combining multiple best practices into one unique model. From the attention to the prepared environment, focus on social-emotional health, targeting of literacy development, use of the Two-Teacher Model, and spot-lighting of visible learning – there’s so much that makes the early years for a child special at SA.

Saint Andrew’s will host a Lower School Prospective Parent Night on Thursday, January 9th. The event will allow parents the opportunity to tour the facilities and learn more about what sets the Scots apart – information can be found at

Post sponsored by the St. Andrew’s School

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