Lowell School is an independent day school educating children age 3 through grade 8 on 8 acres in the heart of Northwest Washington, DC. Our mission is to create an inclusive community of life-long learners in which each individual is valued and respected.
Our philosophy emanates from the work of renowned educators – John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Haim Ginott – and current research. Learning at Lowell is active, collaborative and engaging. Teachers act as facilitators and guides, and children acquire strong, basic skills and deep, conceptual understandings at a challenging and developmentally appropriate pace.
Lowell's innovative program fully integrates academics, arts, technology and physical education. Unifying the program across disciplines and grade levels is a framework of essential themes and questions. These themes and questions provide a deep and rich context for inquiry and learning and form a reliable and flexible foundation for integrative thinking, year after year. A strong social curriculum complements the academic curriculum and develops the social skills, multicultural understanding, and community engagement that will help prepare students to become responsible global citizens in the 21st century.
Lowell has a longstanding institutional commitment to being an embracing community that seeks to ensure that every family feels welcomed and included. Actively promoting mutual understanding of differences enhances our school climate and the social and cognitive development of our students. Student leadership and social advocacy are ways in which we measure our intentionality. Three committees – Board, Parent, and Faculty/Staff – help maintain our level of commitment. They examine and support governance, student life, family education, curriculum and hiring practices.