Lower School

Preschool student learning with Ms. McCool

The early years in a child's life is filled with wonder, excitement, and joyfulness. At Breck, we honor this time by immersing children in play to unleash imagination, develop skills, and instill a love of learning. 

Our Lower School learning environment provokes wonder, stimulates creativity, and generates an innovative spirit for our students in preschool through grade 4. The Lower School academic program is comprehensive in scope and content; engaging students in literacy, mathematics, social studies, and science along with world language, music, visual arts, religion, physical education, mindfulness, engineering, and technology. With an eye on the future, we ensure our students are skillful collaborators, problem-solvers, and communicators, and character education and service learning instill an understanding of empathy and respect for others. Together with a research-informed faculty, Lower School students become independent thinkers and confident leaders. We know these foundational years are truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it is our privilege to partner with families through this important time.


Distinctive Programs

Social Curriculum/Character Education

We practice and reinforce dimensions of good character with our C.A.R.E. (Character Always, Respect Everyday) curriculum. We work to promote a respectful community and support children as they demonstrate responsibility, respect, friendship, kindness, and honesty.

  • Understanding self and others
  • Focus on friendship skills
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Awareness of bullying and conflict resolution
  • Develop self-advocacy skills
  • Use of Responsive Classroom to build community

Community Engagement

We believe it’s important for children to see the impact they can have on the world…with one act of kindness, a generous heart, and a helping hand. Reflecting our mission of social responsibility, Lower School students learn to give both on and off the Breck campus.  

Activities & Opportunities

  • “Biddying” where our older students serve and befriend young students at lunch
  • Local nursing home visits
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Numerous community food, clothing, and book donation drives
  • Student-led initiatives
  • Philanthropy grants

Student Leadership

In class, children have weekly responsibilities to practice leadership in various roles. Beyond the classroom, students have opportunities to demonstrate leadership with the following opportunities:

  • Student Council
  • Chapel Committee
  • Sustainability Team
  • Service Committee
  • Admissions Ambassadors  


Lower School students participate in year-long activities, including

  • Mustang Club
  • Chess Club
  • Robotics


Lower School Student Life

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