Academics

Lower School

In the Lower School, best teaching practices and twenty-first century technology combine to create an environment that celebrates the joy of learning for students in Junior Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

During these most formative years, we strive to develop the unique gifts and talents of each of our students. Our dedicated and talented teachers create an environment that promotes meaningful learning through exploration, collaboration, and innovation. In the Lower School, we work hard to instill a love of learning.

Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills play a prominent role in our rigorous curriculum. Additionally, special area classes such as music, art, science, Spanish, technology, and library are incorporated into our core curriculum and allow our students to experience success in many different areas.

In the Lower School, we believe in celebrating childhood and all of the moments that make it so special.

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  • Junior Kindergarten

    Our Junior Kindergarten program emphasizes the development of cooperation, independence, and the child’s innate love of learning while building a strong foundation for their future at Brookwood School. We utilize Lego Education, Letter People, and the Happily Ever After reading program as a stepping-stone for the SuperKids program used in Kindergarten through Second Grade. Our students also benefit from many special areas of instruction: art, music, Spanish, physical education, library, and technology—all within a half-day program. Our hands-on activities promote learning through play, which creates a happy and positive first year at Brookwood.
  • Kindergarten

    Our Kindergarten program offers a strong academic curriculum in an enjoyable and nurturing environment. The SuperKids language arts curriculum facilitates optimum development of each child’s emergent reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The Singapore Math in Focus program’s spiraling curriculum and hands-on activities offer an opportunity for every child to progress to his or her potential. A low student-teacher ratio allows teachers to provide individual attention to ensure maximum development of the whole child academically, physically, spiritually, and socially. The Kindergarten year includes music, art, Spanish, technology, physical education, and literary special areas.
  • First Grade

    First Grade is an exciting, fast-paced, and engaging instructional process that builds on skills and knowledge learned in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten. We provide a strong base and foundation for successful reading, focusing on systematic phonics instruction, fluency, and comprehension. First grade is also a year of exploration and discovery of the numbers around us. In addition, we provide a balanced curriculum by offering daily devotions and special area classes in science, art, music, Spanish, technology, library, and physical education, as well as various after school programs and summer camps. We include and encourage hands-on activities, critical thinking, and the use of creativity to ensure the development of the whole child.
  • Second Grade

    In Second Grade, students learn to work more independently and are responsible for daily assignments. They are introduced to more sophisticated elements of reading including study of character and setting, making predictions, and making connections between text and to self. The study of non-fiction is also introduced to expand factual knowledge and implement facts into the writing process. Daily math computations, word problems, telling time, and counting money are refined, as bar models are expanded to meet second grade standards. Team building and collaboration are used daily in all subject areas as students learn to respect and value each other.
  • Third Grade

    Third Grade curriculum encourages critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and problem solving in all academic areas. Differentiated instruction allows for every kind of learner to develop his or her academic progress using varied strategies specifically designed for individual learning needs. Special area classes such as music, art, science, Spanish, technology, and library are incorporated into the core curriculum to allow students to explore and discover new gifts and talents. Cursive writing is taught and used throughout third grade.
  • Fourth Grade

    Students in Fourth Grade work through an accelerated Math in Focus curriculum. This program helps students build a solid foundation through a focus on problem solving. Clear and engaging visuals that present concepts and model solutions allow all students to gain a strong conceptual understanding. Fourth graders read a variety of literature: novels, short stories, poetry, articles, and non-fiction in order to help them become discerning readers. Writing assignments utilize and hone grammar skills, vocabulary, and spelling across the curriculum. Students are also immersed in technology through our 1:1 iPad initiative. 
  • Fifth Grade

    Fifth Grade curriculum includes focused preparation for Middle School. Students are challenged to think critically while working in groups and independently. An advanced math curriculum allows students to excel, while work in social studies takes them from our nation’s founding through World War II. In language arts, students are taught to identify intermediate strategies in reading and writing. Students are also immersed in science, music, technology, library, Spanish, physical education, and art.
  • Lower School STEAM Science

    In first through fifth grades, science classes provide a springboard for our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program. This program enhances the existing inquiry-based curriculum by offering more connections to the real world by elevating critical thinking and problem solving and increasing students’ awareness of career opportunities and connections. The STEAM Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art learning materials, including Pitsco Missions (engaging hands-on STEAM activities), textbooks, iPads, MacBooks, and LEGO Education simple machines and robotics. Robotics education begins in third grade with the LEGO Education WEDO series, and fifth graders are challenged with LEGO Education’s MINDSTORM Activity Packs.
  • Lower School Library

    The Williams-Parker Library provides a space where students are encouraged to cultivate a love for lifelong reading and learning through both browsing and pleasure reading and reference and research instruction. Junior Kindergarten through Fifth Grade classes visit the library two times each rotation. Book talks, a visiting authors program, and the acquisition of curriculum-centered books with student appeal are in place to encourage reading throughout the year. Access to information is offered in a variety of formats to meet educational and recreational needs.
  • Lower School Spanish

    The Brookwood Lower School Spanish program seeks to expand the students' horizons by inspiring an enthusiasm for learning to speak Spanish and appreciate the culture where this language is spoken. We develop listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills to communicate at a novice level with a native Spanish speaker. The teaching methodology is influenced mainly by TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) and the communicative Approach to Language Teaching. The program incorporates hands-on activities, games, songs, iPads,  role playing, and cooking lessons to engage students in learning the language in an interactive classroom. 
  • Lower School Music

    All classes in the Brookwood Lower School receive general music instruction two times per rotation. The experience includes a full complement of melody percussion and untuned percussion instruments, experiences in rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and expressive qualities with the goal of giving students the tools needed to perform, create, and listen to music with understanding. The Lower School music program also provides opportunities for students to work cooperatively and actively in a performance setting with each grade level presenting an onstage production.
  • Lower School Art

    Brookwood’s Lower School Art program embraces National Visual Arts Standards as the guidelines for encouraging students to achieve visual literacy and develop artistic skill through work in varied media. Using lessons based upon art history and culture, from ancient to modern, as well as the work of specific artists, line, form, shape, value, space, texture, and color are taught, and the principles of design are introduced and developed from Junior Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
    Students are given the opportunity to showcase their artwork through several local exhibits and contests during the school year. Lower School students are often asked to create unique art projects for in-house special events throughout the year.
  • Lower School Physical Education

    The physical education program in the Lower School aligns with the philosophy and the mission of the school, particularly in the development of the whole child, socially and physically. Physical Education at Brookwood seeks to capitalize on each child’s strengths, and is success-oriented in order to foster a healthy self-concept. Leadership and responsibility are stressed through problem solving approaches to learning, cooperation through teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Physical education curriculum promotes optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development through a program of fundamental skills in movement, sport, recreational activity, rhythm, and dance.
  • Lower School Academic Resource Center (ARC)

    The Academic Resource Center offers a student-centered atmosphere that provides academic support while serving as a liaison between teachers, students, and parents. The staff of the Academic  Resource Center is comprised of qualified teachers and specialists devoted to supporting the academic environment and educational mission of Brookwood School while meeting the individual needs of students in the program.
     
    The goal of the Reading Intervention Program is to provide reading support for kindergarten throughout second grade students who have exhibited indicators of being at-risk readers. Students are identified not only through DIBELS testing, but also teacher observation and class performance. Through early intervention, this program strives to close the achievement gap between students and their peers.
     
    The Academic Resource Center provides individual academic support, remediation, and testing accommodations based on a child's psycho-educational testing for students in grades 2-5. Students receive one-on-one instruction, as well as, academic coaching sessions to facilitate and maximize classroom learning.
  • After School Programs

    Warriors After School

    The Brookwood Warriors After School program provides quality on-campus child care from 2:50 to 6 p.m. daily. Warriors After School is for students in Junior Kindergarten to Fourth Grade, who may come Monday through Friday or drop in as needed. Brookwood provides a daily snack and time to complete homework. After school students may enjoy playground time while outside or center time and movies while indoors. Fifth grade students needing after school care are invited to attend the ACE, After Class Enrichment, program for grades five through eight.

    Junior Kindergarten Afternoon Program

    We offer a flexible extended day program Monday through Friday to meet the day-to-day needs of our families. The program is available from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. to Junior Kindergarten students. Students have the option to stay on an hourly as needed, daily, or weekly basis, with the option of bringing a lunch from home or purchasing a lunch through our meal program. Our after school program provides a safe and supervised environment in a familiar setting, where students have the opportunity to interact with children in the other Junior Kindergarten class and engage in enrichment activities.
    • Junior Kindergarten
Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.