In Lower School, our innovative programs develop qualities that will serve learners now and in their future, encouraging children to be skilled communicators, strong collaborators, and creative problem-solvers.
Our goal is to provide students with the content and skills needed to become educated problem-solvers and creative thinkers able to adapt to new challenges and possess a foundation of meaningful knowledge for a rich intellectual life.
Design Thinking is a five-step problem-solving process that allows students to actively develop and test ideas in service of a real-world goal. This approach teaches students collaborative problem solving as they create solutions in an "outside-the-box" way and have to work together in meaningful ways to be successful. The Lower School holds Design Days each year when students collaborate across grade levels to tackle design challenges. Learn more about Design Thinking
The Nature Nook is an outdoor makerspace that offers natural materials to create a beautiful environment that invites discovery. An extension of our Lower School playground, the Nature Nook integrates features such as water play, boulders, stumps, native plantings, and sticks to build a sense of adventure and creative exploration of the natural world.
Kids Teaching Kids (KTK)
Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) is a cross-divisional series of monthly science collaborations pairing GA's youngest students with Upper School students.. The program engages early childhood students in hands-on, STEAM-based experiments alongside their KTK Upper School mentors.