A coeducational day school serving students JK-12

Lower School

At Latin we are trying to create an atmosphere that makes the children feel engaged and challenged at the right level. I want them to know that it is o.k. to make mistakes and that it is o.k. to learn from them.

Danyelle Post, JK Teacher

The lower school is a place where children are treasured, where eager learners are encouraged to take the next step, to ask the next question and to discover the next truth.

Our students publish their own books, put on plays, host art shows, participate in interscholastic athletics, and work on community service projects, all while building the educational foundation that will prepare them for the rest of their lives.

Our lower school faculty are extensively trained in early childhood and elementary education. Our teachers use a team approach, gathering input from parents and on-staff learning resource specialists—as well as their own close observations—to customize their teaching methods and content to address each child’s strengths and interests.

How We Approach Teaching and Learning

Lower School Director Julie Brooks talks about why relationships matter, how mistakes are welcome and the "power of yet" in the lower school.

In a responsive classroom, the exercise of naming hopes and dreams is critical to feeling personally connected to and engaged in learning.

Lower school students took the school's 2018-19 theme of action to heart and defined things they hoped to accomplish over the course of the school year.

hopes and dreams


Singapore Math

The value lies in the well-formulated question rather than on the right answer.

Singing the praises of Singapore math

As part of the lower school Singapore Math curriculum, fourth grade teacher Amanda Schirmacher noted that her students love sharing their methods, which she can project on a screen after taking a picture of the method with her tablet. "They are getting more comfortable with their speaking and presentation skills," she said. "It enables them to be confident in sharing their thinking," a skill that will serve them well as they enter middle and high school. "The earlier you find your voice, the better," she said.


Windows & Mirrors at Latin

We provide children with opportunities to see not only themselves, but also other people, cultures, perspectives and ideas.

Manners, Kindness, and Civility

- the Lower School motto

We value the potential that Latin will provide our children with the determination, resilience and curiosity to be successful in the world.

- Latin parent


Do you have questions? We would love to hear from you.

Pauline Brakebill

Titles: Lower School Assistant
Julie Brooks

Julie Brooks

Titles: Lower School Director
Degrees: B.A. Texas A&M University
M.Ed. University of North Texas

Lorraine Loomis

Titles: Assistant Lower School Director

lower school

Nurturing Inquisitive Minds

lower schoolers at desk in class