Academics

Lower School

Our highly trained staff provides in-class integrated services, which benefit every Lower School student. In addition, many students also receive supplementary individual and small group instruction in reading support, speech/language, occupational therapy, and psychological services.

Lower School, Grades 1-5

The Lower School (1st-5th grade) focuses attention on our youngest learners. There are no traditional grade levels in the Lower School: students are grouped by age and ability and move through the program at their own speed. All students benefit from a differentiated curriculum that is designed to target their specific needs. In order to give students this unique level of individual attention, class sizes are kept small. With many classes led by a two-person teaching team (a full time teacher and a full-time instructional assistant) the student/teacher ratio in our Lower School is exceptionally low.

  • Grades 1-5
  • Low student/teacher ratio – as low as 2:1
  • Provides two-person teaching team in math, reading, and language arts
  • Presents challenging multisensory, arts-infused curriculum
  • Features our award-winning Academic Clubs
  • Offers stimulating after school activities
  • Introduces interscholastic cross-country and swimming
The entire Lower School curriculum is arts-infused, integrating academic subjects and the arts throughout the school day. Classroom instruction develops specific developmental skills in reading, writing, math, science, history and geography. Visual art, drama, dance, physical education, music, technology, and developing social skills are equally important components of the Lower School program.

One of the most popular – and effective – components of the Lower School is the time spent in our groundbreaking Academic Clubs, which support and enhance academic learning through experiential immersion in humanities-based themes.

Real world experiences, such as field trips, outdoor education, and off-campus community service, give young students the chance to apply their newfound knowledge and polish their social skills outside the walls of Baltimore Lab School…it’s all part of our multisensory approach to education. Teachers further support multisensory learning by integrating aspects of Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, Phono-Graphix, Lindamood Bell, Touch Math and Framing Your Thoughts into their class work. Technology plays an important role in Lower School as well with SMARTBoards, SMART Tables, iPads, Quickpads, computers, and software programs effectively enhancing the classroom experience.

Meet Our Lower School Team

List of 8 members.

  • Margaret Tyler 

    Head of Lower School, Curriculum and Reading Coordinator
    410-735-0011
    Towson University - B.S.
    Goucher College - M.S.
    Bio
  • Samantha Kideckel 

    Lower School Teacher
    410-261-5500
    Loyola University - M.Ed.
    Bio
  • Molly Meredith 

    Lower School Teacher
    410-261-5500
    Loyola University - B.A.
    Bio
  • Katherine "KC" O'Connor 

    Lower School Teacher
    410-261-5500
    New York University - B.F.A.
    Goucher College - M.A.T.
  • Colleen Rajewski 

    Lower School Teacher; Summer Program Director
    410-261-5500
    St. Norbert College - Bachelor of Arts
    Towson University - Master of Arts in Teaching
    Towson University - Certificate of Administration
    Bio
  • Michelle Argent 

    Lower School Teaching Assistant
    Sonoma State University - B.A.
    Loyola University - M.Ed. - In Progress
  • Casey Banks 

    Lower School Teaching Assistant
    Loyola University - B.A.
  • Amy Kisler 

    Lower School Assistant
    410-261-5500
    Western Oregon University - B.A.
    University of Colorado at Boulder - Certification
    Bio
Founded by visionary educator Sally L. Smith in 2000, Baltimore Lab School educates bright, motivated children in Grades 1-12 with learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, and more. Through our innovative, arts-based curriculum, our students go on to succeed in college and careers.