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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Hewitt News
Former Head of School Linda Gibbs stands in front of a bookshelf and couch holding up an "I am a Hewitt Girl" t shirt

The Hewitt School mourns with deep sadness the passing of Linda MacMurray Gibbs, who served as Hewitt’s sixth head of school from 2000 to 2010. Linda believed wholeheartedly in the power of education, and her visionary leadership of independent schools made a lasting impact on the many faculty, administrators, and staff she mentored and the countless students she taught.

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Our Centennial Vision: Forging Hewitt's Future - Redesigning Learning: Delivering Effective Feedback

Effective feedback creates space for students to practice and explore different solutions and strategies so that they can transfer what they have learned to new contexts. At Hewitt, we are implementing research-based strategies for delivering frequent, specific, and actionable feedback that teaches our students the habits of mind necessary to respond to feedback with readiness and purpose.

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Anne M., Class of 2021 smiles at the camera wearing a UCLA sweatshirt and surrounded by Hewitt flags and banners

In December 2020, the Hewitt community came together for a socially-distanced signing day celebration in honor of Anne M., Class of 2021. A Hewitt athlete who played basketball and soccer and rowed crew, Anne will continue her sports career next year as a Division I rowing recruit for UCLA. We spoke with Anne about her journey as an athlete, the importance of teamwork, and how her time as a Hewitt Hawk has prepared her for the future. 

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Middle School Students Champion Environmental and Social Justice at Hewitt and Beyond

At Hewitt, we know that formative learning experiences take place when students are given spaces to address issues that are personally meaningful to them. Through student-led civic engagement, members of the Middle School Sustainability and Social Justice Committee are honing their abilities to think critically, speak confidently, and tackle real-world, transdisciplinary problems.

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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.   

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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.

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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