Academics

Lower School

Lower School

At Calvary, your child will benefit from a rigorous curriculum that reinforces critical thinking, while experiencing Christian values woven throughout the curriculum. We want to help each child reach their fullest potential in all areas of their lives; in their minds, hearts, and lives of service. Specialists in media, music, art, STEM, and physical education enhance the overall academic program. As the principal, I lead a very talented group of certified professionals that provide a first-class education. Throughout this process we all remain centered on one critical goal: providing our students with academic excellence in a caring Christian environment.

1 Peter 4:10

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others”

The Lower School Experience

Calvary’s lower school is dedicated to developing strong minds and Christ centered values, laying a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our students are ready for the day ahead, with a warm welcome and school wide pledges each morning. In addition to core academic subjects, lower school students also take weekly physical education, art, music, and library media classes. Field trips, special visitors, clubs, and organizations round out the lower school student’s day. 

List of 7 items.

  • PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

    • Average class size of twelve students
    • Full day comprehensive program: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    • Guided Reading and Math program 
    • Weekly instruction administered by certified specialists in physical education, art, music, media, library, and Bible
    • One-to-One Tablet Initiative
    • Certified Teachers with Early Childhood Degrees
    • Certified Teaching Assistants 
    • Accredited with quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) and Cognia
  • KINDERGARTEN

    • Average class size of sixteen students 
    • Guided Reading program 
    • Open Court for Young Scholars Reading program 
    • Starfall Reading program
    • D’Nealian Handwriting program
    • Phonetic and Literature curricula 
    • Weekly instruction administered by certified specialists in physical education, art, music, media, library, and Bible.
    • One-to-One Tablet Initiative 
    • A Beka Math program 
    • Integrated Science, Social Studies, and Art curricula
    • Accredited with quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and Cognia
  • GRADES 1-5

    • Average class size of sixteen students
    • Open Court Collections for Young Scholars
    • Book Studies (grades 3-5)
    • A Beka Language, Spelling, and Math
    • Sadlier-Oxford Grammar/Vocabulary
    • D’Nealian Handwriting program (cursive starting in 2nd grade)
    • 1:1 Tablet Initiative for First Grade
    • 1:1 Chrome Book Initiative for Second through Fifth Grades
    • Duke Talent Identification Program for qualified 4th and 5th graders
    • Accredited with Quality by Georgia Accrediting Commission & Cognia
  • STUDENT RECOGNITION

    • Duke Talent Identification Program (4th-5th)
    • Nine Weeks Honor Roll (1st-5th)
    • Principal’s List
    • High Honor Roll
    • Honor Roll
    • Yearly Honor Roll
    • National Elementary Honor Society (4th-5th)
    • Outstanding in Bible Award (1st-5th)
    • Citizenship Award (3rd-5th)
    • Presidential Award (5th)
  • SPECIALS

    • Art
    • Bible
    • Media
    • Physical Education
    • Music
    • Spanish
    • STEM
  • CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    • Art Club
    • Band (grade 5)
    • Chorus (grades 4 and 5)
    • Flag Majors (5th)
    • National Elementary Honor Society (4th-5th)
    • Safety Patrols (5th)
    • Student Council (3rd-5th)
  • AFTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS

    Register here for after school activities!

Lower School Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Sandy Hunt

    Sandy Hunt 

    Assistant Head of School for ELC & Lower School
    912-351-5080
  • Photo of Whitney Merritt

    Whitney Merritt 

    Lower School Counselor
    912-351-2299 Ext. 1753
  • Photo of Natalie Lee

    Natalie Lee 

    Academic Development Coordinator
  • Photo of Beth Thomas

    Beth Thomas 

    Administrative Assistant
    912-351-2299