An independent co-ed day school for grades Pre K-12

Lower School

"I like to think of your child’s educational journey like a jigsaw puzzle: When you look at the box, you know that all of the pieces are there and somehow fit together. And in the end, all the pieces will make a fantastic picture. I’m in the business of believing before the evidence — when it comes to your children — and I see all of the possibilities, opportunities, and potential that awaits."
-Aléwa Cooper

A strong sense of community, an intellectually stimulating environment, and close
attention to the social, emotional and physical needs of young children are hallmarks of our Lower School. The Lower School division is comprised of PreK through fourth grades in coeducational classes.

Our unique setting along Long Island Sound, which includes a rich and diverse salt marsh, Audubon trails, and Burying Hill Beach, allows us to take advantage of a sprawling “outdoor classroom" for hands-on, active, learning. Our facilities include spacious, light-filled classrooms, a community assembly hall, a dedicated science lab, library, music and art rooms, a full gymnasium, and a technology lab.

At GFA, children learn how to think — not just what to think.

GFA’s Lower School provides a nurturing environment in which children grow intellectually, realize personal creativity and competency, develop self-confidence, build enthusiasm for excellence and achievement, and gain respect for the diversity of the world around them. Small group work, hands-on learning, personal challenge and responsibility, and an appreciation for the connections among all disciplines are integral components of our program. 

Building a moral community in which each child makes a contribution is paramount.  Therefore, we emphasize kindness, honesty, cooperation, self-reliance, and compassion —  universal values that lead to the growth of inner sturdiness in every child. Our Code of Conduct, which every child knows by memory, asks that every member of the community follow three simple rules:

•    Be kind to others

•    Respect everyone’s right to learn

•    Take responsibility for yourself and your school

Through daily class meetings, our family style lunch, community service and weekly assemblies, we emphasize the joy that can come from working together and being part of a learning community. We pride ourselves on knowing every student and family well; we have a dedicated and talented faculty, and we care deeply about being a school in which strength of character and excellence in academics go hand in hand.

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