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The Lower School Program

Grades 1-5

At the Academy, your child will be part of a rigorous learning community where skills are mastered, imagination and curiosity are nurtured, and where enrichment opportunities abound. Your child will also be supported and challenged at each developmental stage, so he/she emerges confident and capable for future academic achievement.

The small school community ensures your child receives individual attention while the community’s rich spiritual and moral values help him/her develop strong character and adept social skills. In the Academy’s supportive, multi-faith and culturally-diverse, Catholic school environment, your child will discover friendships, community connections, and enrich a strong spiritual foundation to last a lifetime.

Your child will benefit from the wisdom and tradition of success that has formed the Academy for over 150 years. In addition, your child will blossom in the care of attuned teachers trained in innovative teaching strategies and utilizing a full range of technological support, including interactive Star Boards in many classrooms. Your child will learn with students from more than 30 surrounding communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as international students.

As members of a vibrant community, your child will come to discover his/her unique gifts, and learn to use these gifts for personal success, to help others at the Academy, and to serve those in need in the broader community.

The school day runs from 7:50 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., with a mid-morning recess/snack break and a forty-minute lunch/recess break. The Academy also offers an Extended Day Program which provides close supervision, homework support, organized and free play, crafts, enrichment opportunities and nutritious snacks for students between 2:15 and 6:00 p.m.