The NYA Lower School serves toddlers (starting at 18 months) through grade four. The program is designed to cultivate and encourage a sense of curiosity and wonder in children, and serves as a natural foundation as they develop into students with a deep understanding and respect for learning and knowledge. The Lower School integrates Montessori methods through kindergarten. In the first through fourth grades, the methodology continues to foster curiosity and motivation to learn while preparing for an easy transition to the Middle School.
Throughout the Lower School, students develop skills that are closely aligned with NYA’s values of respect, honesty, compassion, perseverance, and responsibility. Our co-curricular programming enhances each child’s learning experience with classes in Creative Movement, Physical Education, Spanish, Visual Art, Library, and Music. Teachers in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools work closely with one another on curriculum to prepare students as they move from one area of the school to the next, ensuring students are able to thrive at every level and preparing them to prosper as learners and innovators throughout their lives.