Inspired Explorers

Lower School

Montessori (beginning at age 3) / Kindergarten / Forms 1 – 5

It all begins with a child’s natural curiosity about the world. By nurturing this innate love of learning in an atmosphere of joy and contagious enthusiasm, we lay a foundation for future academic growth and discovery while building essential skills like concentration, motivation, and self-discipline.

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For more detailed descriptions of the Lower School curriculum, download the Lower School Curriculum Guide.

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Lower School Highlights: Daily Fine Arts Instruction

Daily fine arts instruction rotates through music, art, and drama, offering students multiple avenues for developing their creativity. Interested students can also study dance.

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Lower School Highlights: Spanish Instruction

Spanish instruction as early as Kindergarten exposes students to a world language at a young age.

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Lower School Highlights: Technology Instruction

Technology introduction begins in Montessori with two iPads per class, climbing to a 1:1 iPad-to-student ratio by Form 2.

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Lower School Highlights: Daily Physical Education Class

Daily physical education class builds healthy students in Forms 1 – 5.

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Lower School Highlights: Experiential Learning Ppportunities

Experiential learning opportunities like Form 5’s Colonial Williamsburg spring beak trip invite students to experience the places, people, and events they study in class.

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Lower School Highlights: Guidance Lessons

Guidance Lessons taught by the Lower School’s full-time counselor to all Form levels.

Meet the Team

Khristi Bates - Head of Lower School

Khristi Bates has been at Saint Mary's Hall since 2018. Contact her at (210) 483-9131 or kbates@smhall.org

Nur Mangalji - Assistant Head of Lower School

Nur Mangalji has been at Saint Mary's Hall since 2002. Contact her at (210) 483-9201 or nmangalji@smhall.org