Saint George’s Lower School is a great place to learn
Walking into the Lower School, your child begins a new journey into learning. Our community celebrates the joy of working and playing together. SGS will encourage your child to explore their diverse world, expand their creativity, develop their sense of self, and build lasting friendships. Our teachers provide an enriched environment that nurtures our core values of honesty, respect, generosity of spirit, and best efforts.
Our mission statement, “Inspiring scholars, athletes, and artists to serve and lead others,” drives our rigorous and innovative curriculum in the classroom, on the field or stage, and in the community. The personal teacher-student connection fosters self-expression, inquiry, critical thinking, and risk-taking. Together, we pursue our passion to be lifelong learners.
In the private school setting, our teachers are free to develop a comprehensive curriculum that strives to propel your child towards their potential. Your child is empowered to take ownership of their learning and is encouraged to translate their knowledge into action and reflection. Collaborating with others or working individually, your child will receive a solid foundation in the core subjects with emphasis in developing 21st Century Skills and global awareness.
Come visit the Lower School where the spirit of discovery, the excitement of learning, and the joy of being a child is boundless.
Head of Lower School
The Student Showcase Extravaganza (formerly known as Genius Hour) on Monday, June 1st, will consist of live presentations from 10-11:30am in a virtual format! All 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, as well as their parents and siblings, will be invited to present their projects on Microsoft Teams in cohorts of 9-10 students. Each student will give a 3-to-8 minute presentation, based on their grade level, to the other students in the virtual room, their families, as well as other community members and staff. These presentations will hopefully display what they have been working on, how the project went, and allow the student to reflect on the process and what they learned. See More Information on the Student Showcase event.
The Lower School's LEGO League Jr. Club thanks Laura Bradford for her countless hours of organizing and coaching. Thanks as well to the coaches who assisted Laura: Toshi Shimizu, Jacob Swartz, Jamie Mitchell, Sarah Hill, and Mirna Tohmeh. A special thanks goes to 4th grade teacher Rick Petrini, who was always on hand for support and guidance. The four teams -- Boomerang Builders, Crazy Creators, Pentagon Builders, and LEGO Dragons -- excitedly explored their projects and worked on their structures this winter before classes went online in March. Over the last weekend, Laura busily made certificates and medals to be sent to the kids along with their engineering notebooks and pictures of their structures. See a Photo Gallery of the kids hard at work!
On Saturday, May 2, five Saint George’s students competed online in the Washington State Elementary Chess Championships. Noah Hochheimer, Eshan Reddy, Donovan Bradford, Adrian Rooney, and Preston Sevigny were among about 1200 students who participated from across the state. Previously, these five had competed in local online tournaments through March and April, said SGS chess coach James Stripes.
Hosted on ChessKids.com, the seven-round tournament started with a few technological hiccups. After 90 minutes, the competitors began to play their games. Eshan finished with a 4.5 for 40th place in the fourth-grade division and was the top scoring SGS player. Donovan, who also competed in the same division, finished with “one win and one draw,” Coach Stripes said. Fifth graders Adrian and Preston both scored 3.0, while third grader Noah got 3.5 in his division.
See the Preliminary Results of the tournament. “The results are preliminary because there is still a process of investigating possibilities of cheating (a constant problem in online chess),” notes Coach Stripes, who will receive the full results from the event once they have been verified.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have either been cancelled, postponed, or switched from in-person to online formats. The Washington State Elementary Chess Championship organizers chose the latter, allowing approximately 1200 young players to still compete. This may be a new historical record for the “largest online chess tournament,” said Coach Stripes. View a Recording of the Event on Facebook.
Each child is empowered to take ownership of their learning and is encouraged to translate their knowledge into action and reflection.
HEAD OF LOWER SCHOOL