K¹² International Academy Lower School

In the early years of education, young children love to explore, discover, and learn new things. Our academic program for grades K–5 taps into this natural inquisitiveness with courses that truly engage young minds and reinforce key concepts in meaningful ways. And since this age group typically needs more direct, focused guidance, we bring teachers and parents together in close collaboration to ensure each student’s success.

For each grade in Lower School, the K¹² online curriculum includes courses in the four core subjects - language arts, math, science, and social studies. Children also have access to music and art courses at each grade level, plus world language options beginning in third grade.

Every course is flexibly paced, allowing students to move at the speed that best suits their needs. Those who are ready to move on to the next lesson or unit can do so, while those who need just a little more time may take it.

Nearly all courses are complemented by a wealth of hands-on teaching tools you’d find in a traditional classroom. Plus, our regular math and our reading remediation courses feature advanced "adaptive" technology that intelligently adjusts to your student’s skill and knowledge level, offering practice in topics where it’s needed most. 

Examples of Hands-on Materials

Language arts: Illustrated children’s stories and poems, flash cards, phonics guides, dry-erase boards
Math+: Block sets, place-value mats, activity books, protractors, color tiles, home items
Science: Thermometers, magnifying glasses, magnets, test tubes, seeds, scales, rock & mineral kits
Social Studies: Inflatable globes, U.S. and world maps, textbooks
Music: CDs, songbooks, recorders, tambourines, slide whistles
Art: Paintbrushes, tempera sets, water colors, oil pastels, acrylics, modeling clay
MARK¹² Reading Remediation: Writing guides, activity books, tile kits, pencils, markers, index cards

Additionally, any student in grades K–8,  with a teacher recommendation, is welcome to participate in the K¹² Advanced Learner Program.

Welcome to the Lower School

Click on the session below to meet the Lower School Deparment Chair, Susan Richardson, as she introduces you to our family of learners. Visit Teacher Resources to meet our entire Lower School team!