The Lower School consists of Kindergarten through fifth grade. During these years, Gatewood maintains close communication and interaction with parents, an essential factor in the successful progress of a child. At Gatewood, the classrooms are inviting and creative, managed by professionals who know that a positive self-image is the greatest lifelong gift a teacher can bestow. Recognizing that children learn differently, elementary teachers incorporate visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods of instruction. Along with a developmentally appropriate curriculum, the lower school student’s daily routine includes Spanish, Accelerated Reader, art, music, physical education, and computer science.
Teachers provide enrichment for students and individual help is available in every academic area. The Lower School consistently scores well on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills test, but the true measure of success in the Lower School is seen in children confidently moving to and succeeding in the Middle School environment.
The Lower School curriculum is enhanced with weekly chapel services, grade level performances, and educational field trips. The Kindergarten through 5th grade classes attend plays and visit museums in Madison, Athens, and Atlanta. Classes will routinely attend field trips and perform plays together. Lower school students are given the opportunity to play after school sports including cheerleading, football, basketball and soccer. Other extracurricular activities include piano and guitar lessons and various other extracurricular activities.
The highlight of the lower school is the 5th grade trip to Jekyll Island, where students participate in an environmental and marine education trip for 3 days. Students are involved in hands-on academic learning experiences dealing with in-depth, investigations of the marine environment of Jekyll Island’s beach, dunes, salt marsh, coastal forest and off-shore environments. The Jekyll Island 4-H Center program offers another equally important learning experience: social development. It is a group-oriented experience. The students build sand castles together, walk beaches, and play sports between classes. Parent chaperones, teachers, and students alike spend quality time together which makes for a life time of memories.
Lower school extracurricular activities at the lower school level include:
4-H Service Club ● Boy Scouts ● Girl Scouts ● Field Trips ● 5th Grade Jekyll Island Experience ● Gatewood News Network Crew ● Cheer Squads ● Basketball ● Football ● Soccer ● Piano and Guitar Lessons