1750 West 64th Street


Lower School


The Lower School curriculum is designed to meet the needs of academically gifted students through differentiation, including acceleration and enrichment.  Instruction at each grade level of the Lower School promotes higher-level thinking, self-motivation, responsibility, and independence. 

Students collaborating
Students walking
Student working with manipulatives
Student in our Outdoor Lab


  • Build a strong knowledge base and mastery of basic academic skills
  • Develop students’ potential while interacting with intellectual peers
  • Create a climate that values and enhances intellectual ability, talent, creativity, and decision-making
  • Encourage development and use of abilities for self-appraisal, recognition of personal talents and interests, and the establishment of short and long-term goals
  • Develop leadership skills, social awareness, and responsibility
  • Build skills in independent study, self-directed learning, and research
  • Encourage higher-level thinking, problem-solving, and critical thinking
  • Nurture creative thinking and expression.
  • Foster aesthetic awareness and ability for self-expression through artistic skills
  • Cultivate and encourage opinions, reactions, and questioning attitudes that lead to divergent responses to real-life problems
  • Teach processes that allow the students to understand and apply ideas, theories, and concepts requiring reflective, critical, and creative thinking

Class Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:15AM – 3:15PM

Contact Tiffany Stahl, Head of Lower School, for more information.

Core Values

Sycamore’s core values include

  • Respect: self, others, property, and time
  • Moral Courage: honesty, integrity, right action, purpose, courage
  • Relationships: appreciation, service, community, citizenship
  • Empathy: compassion, kindness, acceptance, diversity

These core values permeate the school and are taught through academics, after-school programs, athletics, assemblies, and daily interactions. Teachers have integrated these values into curricula, as those have been developed and revised.

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