Philosophy

Every aspect of our Lower School is designed to complement the evelopmental strengths of young learners, giving form to their innate desire to explore and discover the world around them. Guided by their natural curiosity and sense of wonder, children learn the academic skills and habits to bring their questions to life, establishing the framework for a lifetime of learning and purposeful engagement.
Our Lower School teachers bring together a profound respect for children, a deep understanding of child development and a thorough grounding in best practices to fill each student’s day with rich and rewarding learning experiences. Whether in the classroom, Tinker Space or outdoors on our beautiful 208-acre campus, learning is joyful, inquiry-driven, frequently collaborative and always inspiring. Our Lower Schoolers love to come to school each day; surrounded by a warm and supportive community, they gain the confidence and sense of belonging that are essential preludes to learning and growth.

Because each child’s learning journey is distinct, our curriculum provides students considerable opportunities to work one-on-one with teachers, reading specialists and learning specialists. A combination of individual, small-group and whole-class instruction allows our faculty to tailor each student’s learning and ensure that students remain engaged and appropriately challenged throughout their Lower School years. Because our Lower School faculty collaborate among grade levels and subject areas, students transition easily and with confidence from one grade to the next. In addition to working
with one another, our teachers partner with parents to achieve a fuller understanding of each student and ways to better guide and support his/her development, learning and overall wellbeing.

The Lower School also offers a range of after-school programs, the vast majority of which are led by GSB teachers and staff. Whether children are rehearsing a musical, learning to cook, building a LEGO robot or planting in the garden—they have the chance to create, collaborate, move around and simply have fun while learning something new.
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.