The lower school maintains a strong core program of Bible, language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies courses. Creating a collaborative, responsive, and supportive classroom setting is at the core of instruction. The student experience is enriched by participation in STEAM Lab, art, music, and Spanish classes once a week. In addition, all lower school students have P.E. daily. Students in fifth grade participate weekly in exploratory band class with concert performances. Christian worldview standards of instruction are woven throughout all subject and grade levels, allowing students to see their world through the framework of God's creativity.
CPA Lower School's unique approach to developing the whole child addresses spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, and creative aspects of growth and discovery.
- P.E. Every Day
CPA believes that physical fitness and well-being is a critical life-long skill, and an integral aspect of intellectual health. Instructors use daily classes to give students both a channel for their physical energy and a vChristian worldview on body image, teamwork, sportsmanship, and vitality.
- STEAM Lab
The STEAM Lab is not only a space for exploration in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, but also a place for students be creative in their own interests and at their own pace. An ambient atmosphere where no project is off limits, the lab is a true creative and collaborative haven for students. Fueled by hypothesis and curiosity, projects often come with deeper lessons of learning from failure and reprogramming from the beginning.
- Fifth Forward
This unique program empowers qualifying fifth grade students as leaders in the lower school. Affording students with servant leadership opportunities, as well as school ambassadorship, builds confidence and responsibility as fifth graders prepare for the middle school transition.
- WIN Time
Brainchild of the lower school academic leadership team, WIN time provides "What I Need" for students on a daily basis. A daily time set aside for students to benefit from targeted support, enrichment, and extension based on their individualized learning profile.
- Connection on a PS-12 Campus
The advantages of being on campus with students in middle and upper school are endless. The PS-12 campus not only provides lower school students with the excitement of being a part of a community bigger than themselves, but it also forges connections with older classmates. Whether spending time reading with Big Brothers and Sisters Club in the upper school, or attending an all-school pep rally, CPA lower schoolers see the community come alive through the experiences of middle and upper schoolers.
- Technologically Integrated Classrooms
Every lower school classroom is equipped with a smart board and interactive digital tools to enhance learning. Students are taught digital citizenship while parents are educated on the ever changing digital landscape.