Lower School

 

Dynamic, Girl-Focused, and Student-Driven

At Hewitt, we understand that teaching is both an art and a science. Great teaching defines what we do in lower school. Our teachers not only think carefully about what we should teach our girls, but they also feel strongly about how we teach our girls. Our faculty members provide each student with a rich learning experience that is dynamic, girl-focused, and student-driven. This does not just benefit our students—it also attracts inquisitive and passionate teachers. While our warm, familial atmosphere endures decade after decade, our curriculum is constantly evolving.

Terell Cooper-edwards, Head of Lower School

 

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A student crouches in front of a yard stick and prepares to toss a basketball in the air

Instead of relying on dry textbooks to teach confusing concepts, my freshman physics class showed me how effectively student-led, hands-on labs based in real-world scenarios could help break down complex principles. My experiences in ninth grade physics have given me the courage to pursue a subject that I initially thought would be overwhelmingly challenging, which feels heartening and empowering.   

read more about Breaking Down Complex Principles in Ninth Grade Physics 
Hewitt Awarded an Educational Leadership Grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation

Hewitt has been awarded a $250,000 Educational Leadership Grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation. The Foundation supports schools that serve diverse populations, and that encourage bold, new ideas that will catalyze change beyond their individual institutions. Their endorsement confirms Hewitt’s position as a thought leader and model of best practice among independent schools in the country.

read more about Hewitt Awarded a $250,000 Educational Leadership Grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation
A student sits at a desk watching a drawing tutorial on an iPad

When students teach their peers they take ownership of their knowledge and sharing new skills ceases to be a top-down exercise that must be led by the adult in the room. In these moments, the student sharing her wisdom deepens her own understanding and gains confidence in herself, while the student being taught gets the chance to hear a peer explain a new skill or concept, demystifying it and making it instantly more accessible. 

read more about Lower School Students Find Their Inner Teacher
A student sits at a desk with a laptop and rulers holding a timer

In seventh grade science, students immerse themselves in two valuable systems of inquiry with real-world applications: the scientific method and the engineering design process. Through hands-on and self-directed work — time spent solving, testing, building, and creating — students develop a strong grasp of how scientific inquiry and experimentation can inform and improve engineering.

read more about Bang, Crash, Boom: Scientific Discovery and Engineering Design in Seventh Grade 
An Update on Hewitt's Anti-Racism Task Force

Hewitt's newly formed Anti-Racism Task Force has been charged with evaluating and recommending schoolwide protocols, policies, systems, and infrastructure to ensure that Hewitt becomes an actively anti-racist school. In this update, we share the work the task force has been doing as a full group and in subcommittees to develop anti-racism actions to recommend to Hewitt’s Board of Trustees.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream cover art with hand-drawn fairies

When the cast and crew of A Midsummer Night's Dream learned that health and safety guidelines would prevent them from performing live, they came up with creative solutions to ensure that they could share their production with an audience. Their strength, enthusiasm, and flexibility turned what could have been just another event cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic into an amazing theater experience for the Hewitt community.  

read more about The Show Must Go On: Hewitt’s Middle School Shakespeare Production Embraces Remote Learning