The Lower School curriculum offers gifted education that is typically 1.5 - 2 years above grade level with individualized learning options. The unique Schilling School schedule offers core classes (Math, Science, Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Electives are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays to enrich the learning experience. This flexible schedule allows for ability grouping options. For example, Math classes are held 1st period throughout the Lower, Middle, and Upper School. If a Lower School student is advanced in Math, they could be grouped according to ability in a higher math course, without missing any learning opportunities in other subject areas.
Foreign languages are offered for all grades K-12. Students can select from up to 9 different foreign language options including: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Sign Language, and Spanish.
Other elective options are selected and scheduled with input from the students and their particular interests each school year. In the past, electives such as Aikido, Music, Art, Computer, Typing, Drama, Chess, Life Skills, Mammology, Zoology, Geography, and Creative Writing have been offered. Students always look forward to exploring and enriching their learning with these courses!
Class sizes are typically kept to 12 students. This allows for greater differentiation and individualization academically. Socially, students are able to form close bonds with their classmates that often continue beyond the classroom. The Lower School has extra time built into their schedule for snack, morning/afternoon recess break and regular lunch/recess hours where students enjoy social time with their peers.
Other enrichment options include field trips, after school activities, and family outings organized by the Schilling Parent Organization.