Our Lower School program is where the foundation for lifelong learning begins. In grades K-6th, our students are encouraged and challenged with the building blocks of phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, math, science, writing, and Latin vocabulary. Each core class is taught in conjunction with Biblical teachings and supported by specialty classes. Our students participate in computer lab, music, art, chapel, P.E., and media center each week to provide a well-rounded experience.
The biblically integrated curriculum used at each grade level at Calvary Day School is developmentally appropriate. The reading curriculum in K-2 is heavily phonics based. The textbooks used in each grade are selected from a variety of Christian and secular publishers.
CDS Lower School uses Saxon Math. Saxon is unlike traditional texts in which students are taught and expected to learn an entire mathematical concept in one day. Instead of practicing 30 problems of the same kind, Saxon Math builds mastery through daily practice of skills and concepts taught in earlier lessons. Students will have a hard copy of a math book in class, but will have an online edition to use at home. The user name and password for students to access their math book will be sent home.
Students at CDS learn the Latin language in Lower School because it is a building block for future learning of various languages and is critical for lexicographical insight. Students use These Cambridge Minimus series in 3rd and 4th grades and Leap into Latin in 5th and 6th grades.