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Lowell School

1640 Kalmia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20012

(202) 577-2000


Lowell is an inclusive community that recognizes the uniqueness of each child, the importance of a positive self-concept, and the need for giving children time and space to grow. We have a team of caring, dedicated teachers who respect children and act as their guides through various developmental stages of learning. This developmental approach ensures that we pay attention to the intertwined social, emotional, and academic growth of children as they move through our rich programmatic offerings.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Lowell's philosophy emanates from the work of renowned educators John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Haim Ginott and current educational research. Our curriculum evolves from an understanding of the stages of cognitive, social/emotional, artistic, and physical development. It promotes active, collaborative learning with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding and developing strong thinking and problem solving skills. Classrooms are purposeful, focused settings for learning where students are doers, and teachers are facilitators. We support the development of internal motivation through carefully designed learning experiences that draw on student interests and passions, as well as powerful, relevant content. We believe that understanding and honoring the individuality of each child leads to the development of an inner voice, a sense of self-worth, and efficacy. We also believe that learning in an intentionally diverse and inclusive setting helps prepare students for a future which requires strong multicultural understanding, collaboration, and community commitment -- both local and global.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Children are exposed to Spanish in their daily classroom routine through songs, music, and movement activities.

From the Director:

In the Pre-Primary School, we embrace the approach of the Emergent Curriculum. The Emergent Curriculum is based on the student's interest and passions as well as the educator's. An efficient Emergent Curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility, and patience. Teachers may introduce a topic they think is relevant for children to study and they may purposely include certain materials, activities, or experiences related to it as a starting point. Many refer to this process as "setting provocations." However, adapting to an Emergent Curriculum requires flexibility and creativity since this road map of introducing topics to students can always change by the students' interests.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Every child is seen as their own unique individual, and they are guided in a way that's respectful of their needs and learning styles. If a child requires extra support, they are helped through an individualized educational plan. If a child is excelling, s/he is exposed to an array of materials and activities to encourage their interests in a particular direction. The School and family work in partnership in order to create a positive experience for every student.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Lowell's mission is to create an inclusive community of life-long learners in which each child is valued and respected.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Lowell communicates with families through emails, weekly newsletters, phone conversations as needed, bi-annual Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents are always welcome in the classroom and they can join us for daily Singing Meetings and other community events.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is handled with continuous collaboration with the family to create a transition that is as positive and smooth as possible. Each child's circumstances are different and we go about helping each child in a way that is respectful.