Academics

Lower School

The beginning of something amazing.

Lower School, Kindergarten through Grade 4, is where we begin to shape the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual growth of each girl. Our curriculum strives to develop the whole child and help each student discover her voice while being challenged to reach her full potential.
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Lower School Highlights

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  • World Languages and Culture

    By teaching both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish beginning at age 3, girls expand their understanding of different cultures while making global connections.
  • Engineering and Coding

    We integrate design thinking and innovation throughout the Lower School to introduce the girls to the fields of engineering and design. Students also learn the basics of coding through a variety of programs and applications to gain proficiency in areas in which girls are underrepresented nationally.
  • Leadership

    Girls gain confidence and develop leadership skills through a variety of opportunities such as being classroom ambassadors, leading chapel services, serving as Safety Patrol and spearheading service projects. 
  • Project-Based Learning

    Lower School faculty are experts in project-based learning, an instructional approach that helps students develop and strengthen skills in collaboration, research, critical thinking and problem solving.

Dr. Annie Kapetanis | Head of Lower School

I love the joy that fills the halls and classrooms once the girls arrive. ​I love the fact the girls love to learn and the 'a-ha' moments that fill each day make me smile. There is no better place than St. Catherine’s.

Meet the Team

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    Annie Kapetanis 

    Head of Lower School and Early Childhood
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    Gina Friend 

    Assistant Head of Lower School, Lower School AEB Coordinator
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    Sara Waechter 

    Assistant Head of Early Childhood
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    Katherine Cockerham 

    Lower School Office Manager
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    Christina Green 

    Lower School Administrative Assistant
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    Adrienne Taylor 

    Associate Director of Admissions, Lower School (Early Learners - Grade 4)
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Lower School Hours

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  • Morning Drop-off

    7:35 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. (all grades)
  • Afternoon Dismissal

    Early Learners-Grade 1 
    3:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
    2:15 p.m. (Friday)

    Grades 2-4
    3:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
    2:45 p.m. (Friday)

Let's Get Started

The best way to get started is to come to St. Catherine’s for a campus tour, to catch a glimpse of School life, to meet our teachers and to see teaching and learning up close.
Located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, St. Catherine’s School is a private, all-girls pre-K, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school. We provide a well-rounded educational experience for girls from communities across Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico and all of central Virginia. St.Catherine’s all-girls educational experience is rooted in more than a century of history and tradition. From our revolutionary past to our dynamic present, St. Catherine’s has always focused on preparing students for a boundless future.