Lower School Philosophy

The Lower School is committed to the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development of each girl. We strive to maintain an affirming, caring and academically challenging community that supports inquiry and risk taking necessary for learning. Our curriculum balances expectations for excellence and a sensitivity to individual differences in development and learning style.

Using a wide range of strategies that support the many different strengths and interests of our students, we strive to create a learning environment where students will develop critical thinking skills and will engage in creative and flexible thinking. Through the spiritual life of the School, intentional instruction and nurturing relationships between students and teachers, children learn to act with integrity and consideration for others.


Lower School Hallmarks

  • We really know each girl, her uniqueness, her interests and her learning style
  • We teach our youngest students to take risks, work cooperatively and make choices essential to learning self-reliance
  • Creativity and exploration is woven into all disciplines
  • Early introduction to public speaking, engineering concepts and world languages go far beyond the fundamentals
  • Virtues Program to build good character
  • Imagination Station to develop innovative minds
  • Additional support provided by full time reading and math specialists
  • Science lab dedicated to grades 2-4 instruction
  • Specially-designed playground, rockclimbing wall and junior kindergarten outdoor classroom 

Lower School Curriculum

All Lower School students receive instruction in Reading and Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Music, Dance, Physical Education, Art, Religion, Technology and Library.
6001 Grove Avenue | Richmond, Virginia 23226 | (p) 804.288.2804 |  (f) 804.285.8169
Experts in the way girls learn best, St. Catherine’s offers a rigorous liberal arts education, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish (JK- grade 12), JK- grade 12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and 23 AP classes and 33 honors classes. Call us today for a tour 804-288-2804.