PK 3 - Grade 4
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 4 in an environment that intertwines academics and enrichment activities. We emphasize a developmental approach to learning that encourages students to make discoveries on their own and allows teachers to tailor instruction to each child’s needs. Academic learning is enhanced by assemblies, community visitors, field trips, project work, guided play and hands-on learning experiences. Our dedicated faculty give students the confidence to master basic skills and progress to higher levels of learning. 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.
reading and math groups
Kindergarten through Grade 4 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.
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
The goal of computer applications in the Lower School is to introduce fundamental computer skills to our students. Children receive regular instruction from a computer specialist in collaboration with the homeroom teachers. Specific computer skills are taught and new software is introduced. Students use iPads for visual presentations. Additionally, age-appropriate websites are used to supplement curriculum.
Our youngest students are taught lessons on how to keep themselves healthy such as proper hand-washing and germ prevention. They learn about health professions such as doctors, nurses, and dentists. Proper dental care, nutrition, and the importance of sleep and exercise are discussed. Progression to identification and labeling of the human body and body systems, discussing emotions, and the qualities of a good friend, respect for others, and other health related topics are covered with the upper elementary students. Lessons begin in PK3 and continue throughout the grades, building on what has been learned in previous years.
- Keyboard exercises
- Playing string instuments
- Vocal sound exploration
- Movement to music
- Listening games
- Strings instruments K - Grade 4
- Band - Grades 4
- Choir Grade 4
- Recorder Ensemble - Grades 3 & 4
- Vocal/General music - all grades
- Developing fine motor skills
- Art vocabulary and awareness
- Exploration of 2D and 3D media using a variety of mediums
- Study of age-appropriate artists
- Exploration of art methods and materials
- Expand art vocabulary
- Learn elements and principles of design
- Technology integration
- Art history
- Interdisciplanary Units where projects are cross-curricular
Beyond The Bell is an after school program designed to provide supervision and activities for children who need to remain at school for an extended time beyond the normal school day. The program runs from 3:10 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day and includes a snack. Parents may pre-register or arrange attendance through the office in writing or by phone. An hourly fee is charged, with a one-hour minimum. Additional time will be charged by the half-hour. There is a late pick-up fee charged after 6:00 p.m. Beyond The Bell fees will be included in monthly statements.
In Grades 2-4, the House Program is designed to reinforce character by offering students the opportunity to show their concern and empathy for others. House activities underscore the mottos of the five Houses: Loyalty, Integrity, Responsibility, Empathy and Respect. Students participate in service projects that benefit their school and community.
Students get to know other students from the other grade levels during House Meetings, grade-level House Lunches, student activities, and Field Day. They remain members of the same House from year-to-year while at the school. Fourth grade students have leadership opportunities to mentor younger students. With support from both faculty and parents, the House Program serves as a platform for service, character initiatives, and school spirit.
- that intellectual freedom is a fundamental right for all
- that literacy is an essential skill across all platforms and disciplines
- that reading for personal information and enjoyment leads to lifelong learning
- that respect for intellectual and creative property is everyone's responsibility
After school enrichment courses free of charge offered to students in Grades 1 - 4.
- Junior Jackets Sports Program
- Sundowners Program
- 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