Lower School

The Lawrence Woodmere Academy Lower School, Preschool through grade 4, establishes strong foundations and richly layered learning experiences for the ever-curious, always-wondrous child. We believe that healthy lifelong learning patterns and habits are best nurtured at the youngest age possible.

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The Lower School is a literate, scientific, artistic atmosphere in which students are involved, confident, and excited about learning. The children discuss literature, conduct research in the computer lab, manage the school store, devise hypotheses in the science lab, learn a musical instrument, perform choral recitals, and model world-famous artists in our Lower School art studio.

The students are active participants in the world of ideas. Our foreign language program, beginning in Preschool, offers the opportunity for students to gain cultural knowledge and begin the experience of hearing and speaking a language other than English.

Math is taught in the lower school using the Math in Focus Singapore math series, teaching concepts using a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression to anchor learning in real-world, hands-on experiences.

Students experience music, and art classes. They have physical education on a daily basis. Teachers enrich their curriculum with student-centered projects and simulations. Students move beyond the classroom walls and experience many field trips throughout the school year. Our students feel comfortable and challenged in a uniquely diverse environment that is based on respect for all children and their capacity to learn and to contribute.

Academic Highlights

  • Daily Spanish language classes
  • International Day
  • Singapore Math


Clubs are available after school.

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Recent Lower School clubs:

  • Student Council
  • Scratch animation
  • Hip-hop dance
  • Drama kids
  • Arts & crafts
  • Legos

Service Learning

The service learning program at Lawrence Woodmere Academy spans all three divisions, providing our students with many opportunities to demonstrate servitium — as our school motto suggests.

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Lawrence Woodmere Academy was founded with a mission of service to others and is still driven by this principle today. We feel strongly that students should contribute to their community, both in and out of school, as well as engage in social activism. Our curriculum, making use of multiple perspectives, reinforces this understanding and encourages responses to address the needs of others.

Recent Lower School service learning activities include students running a school store to raise money for a charitable organization and making gifts and decorations for children in the emergency room of Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.

Educational Trips

At Lawrence Woodmere Academy, students learn in many settings and structures.

Our class trips encompass all types of learning — from math and science trips to cultural outings –and include both local destinations and some of Manhattan’s greatest assets.

In addition, the Lower School’s Outdoor Education trip for fourth graders  provides opportunities for students to travel to Greenkill Outdoor Education Center , where students learn about nature and test their emerging independence.

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Recent educational trips include visits to:

  • The Hewlett-Woodmere library
  • Soundwaters
  • Tanglewood Preserve
  • The Hewlett-Woodmere Fire Department
  • Brookville Outdoor Education
  • Teddy Bear Clinic
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Art
  • Long Island Children’s Museum
  • Theatreworks at Hofstra Playhouse
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • Safety Town

All of these situations enhance the learning experience for students throughout the school year, well beyond the classroom walls.