Lower School

PK 3 - Grade 3

As a top Michigan private preschool and elementary school, the Detroit Country Day Lower School program fosters the social and emotional growth of children in preschool through Grade 3 in an environment that intertwines academics and enrichment activities. Our Reggio Emilia inspired early education focuses on building learning experiences around a child's interests and natural environment. An integrated curriculum using our EPIIC (experiential, participatory, image-rich, interdisciplinary, and connected) approach helps students understand relationships between disciplines and apply what they have learned in new situations. Our dedicated faculty give students the confidence to master basic skills and progress to higher levels of learning.

Class Specializations

reading and math groups

Kindergarten through Grade 3 students are placed into individualized reading and math levels to receive personalized attention. Each grade has five levels.


Specialized areas for project-Based learning

Our school has a Tinker Lab, a Wet Lab, and a Makerspace for ingenuity, problem solving, and creativity to flourish.

Character Houses

Houses of character 

Our House Program augments the school community and focuses on character building exercises for responsibility, empathy, integrity, loyalty, and respect. 

We want to make sure that we are constantly tapping into the abilities of the children and their interests and then we build from there.
~ Jennifer Bullock, Lower School Director

Lower School Interior

Inside gymnasium at Lower School
Victorian Hamlet wing of the Lower School
Water lab in the Lower School
Inside Brownstone classroom in the Lower School
Inside library at the Lower School
Inside science classroom with 3D printers
Park area in Lower School
Exterior of Brownstone classroom inside the Lower School
Exterior of Victorian classroom inside Lower Schooll
Inside Victorian style classroom in Lower School
Front entryway inside Lower School
Inside science classroom in Brownstone wing of Lower School
Exterior Bungalow classrooms inside Lower School

Photos were taken in 2019

Academic Curriculum

Classroom teachers teach math, reading, and social studies. Other topics are taught by teachers who specialize in that subject area.

Specialty Curriculum

Students receive focused instruction in the areas of music, physical education, arts, and specialty science courses by faculty who specialize in the field.

Curriculum Extras and Support

Curricular support and learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Curriculum Guide


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The goals of the Lower School are to develop:

  • A well-rounded child with an enthusiasm for learning to their best ability
  • Self-esteem and self-respect
  • Mutual respect and appreciation of others
  • Social, physical, and intellectual awareness
  • A mentally resourceful child who demonstrates the physical confidence and skills to make the successful transition into any competitive sport or dance program
  • An awareness of health and safety principles
  • A confident child with a sense of independence, accountability, and leadership abilities in the pre-adolescent child
  • An appreciation of social responsibility and self-discipline
  • A well-adjusted child through programs for intellectual, social, psychological, and physical growth