Lower School Home

Our Lower School, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, gets students off to a strong start towards being successful in school, in college, and later as global leaders and thinkers by featuring:

  • Strong academic foundation in core subjects
  • A safe, nurturing community
  • Small classes that allow close individual attention
  • A child-centered environment which fosters an enthusiasm for learning
  • A flexible, inquiry-based curriculum
  • Significant hands-on project work
  • Art, music, Spanish, science, library, technology, and physical education taught by specialists
Lower Schoolers Take Some Laps at the Annual Walk for Fun

Last Friday Lower School students, faculty, and staff worked to complete as many laps around the OES track as possible in the course of a school day during the annual Walk for Fun. Volunteers supported students on the OES track throughout the day, with tasks like marking the students' lap cards, offering words of encouragement, and in some cases, joining students for a lap or two around the track. We had about 340 students and 40 parent volunteers who walked or ran around the track.

Author and Illustrator Yuyi Morales Brings Her Colorful World to Lower School

OES is excited to welcome award-winning author and illustrator Yuji Morales to our campus! On October 1, Morales will share her colorful and dreamy world with our Lower School students during Chapel. Her picture-book memoir, Dreamers, or Soñadores, captures the story of her 1994 immigration from Mexico to San Francisco with her two-month-old son.

The New Parent University - Coming to OES Oct. 10

Parent University is a new experimental program OES is launching this year to give parents the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues that are central to raising healthy children. Learnings will be organized around a central theme, and this year's theme is the "Healthy Mind Platter," which is a concept developed by pediatric and adult health expert Dr. Dan Siegel.