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Lower School
Portrait of a Lower School Graduate

We are individuals.
We are joyful and mindful, which allows us to be reflective and see the beauty in each day. We are self-assured, resilient, and caring individuals. We value our well-being and make confident, responsible choices for ourselves.

We are learners.
We explore with wonder and seek to understand the world around us, through play and meaningful engagement. We are self-motivated and inquisitive learners, guided by our innate curiosity. We work collaboratively and individually with open-minds. We are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and active listeners. We are inspired to do our personal best and are proud of our accomplishments.

We are part of the PCDS community.
The relationships we create and maintain are the building blocks of our community. We respectfully communicate and interact with others. We are eager to share our unique talents and passions as a whole. We are empathetic and are able to embrace and value the diversity and unique qualities within our community.


Learning through play is integral to the PCDS experience

Opportunities to Explore

A well-rounded experience with engaging "specials"

Signature Experiences

Time-honored traditions in the Lower School


Lower School Curriculum Guide

At a Glance


special subjects beyond homeroom learning

7 : 1

student-to-teacher ratio


days a week of PE and/or outdoor activity


of the Class of 2022 started their PCDS journey in pre-k or kindergarten


licensed counselor devoted to social and emotional learning


of all Lower Schoolers feel known as an individual and valued as part of the PCDS community

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