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Lower School (PK-5)

At St. Charles Borromeo, we are helping students on the path to the good life—one where our young people possess the knowledge, skills, and virtues to be community leaders and to have strong, loving relationships with others and with God.

So we approach each day with a clear, comprehensive picture of excellence and intentional strategies for fostering students’ growth.


What St. Charles students learn–and the methods our teachers use to teach it–are designed to empower even our youngest learners with rich knowledge, and to awaken their curiosity about the wonders of our world.

Content-Rich Curriculum

Knowledge matters. Students only become effective readers and grow intellectually by building wide knowledge of the world. Students at St. Charles develop into proficient readers and writers using researched-back science of reading instructional approach. Content-rich texts are integrated into language arts instruction starting in Pre-K. 

To find out more about the science of reading approach, click here. To find out more about the research that supports a content-rich curriculum, click here.

Effective Instruction

When you walk into our classrooms, you won’t necessarily see pomp and circumstance. You will see a great deal of learning—led by teachers who master their subject matter, use assessment effectively to drive instruction, and scaffold instruction to meet individual students’ needs.

Our approach to teaching uses best practices to engage every student and to reflect our belief that when it comes to a child’s learning, every moment matters.

School Culture Animated by Faith and Virtue

When you walk into St. Charles, you will see a calm, safe learning environment—and you will hear the productive joy that comes from a community of teachers and students who love to learn.

As a community of faith, we know that our beliefs live in our actions. Our root beliefs make the St. Charles community unique and ground our school culture in a set of shared values. Simple acts such as greeting each other and taking turns on the playground become ways for us to live out those beliefs on a daily basis.

By practicing those habits each day, our students graduate ready to thrive and to help their communities do the same, in high school and beyond.

You can read more about our root beliefs here.