Kindergarten on a field trip to Curan Apple Orchard

Active, Joyful Learning

Lower School at Charles Wright begins with our full-day preschool, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten programs, although students may enroll at any grade level if space allows.

All of our classroom teachers are assisted by an assistant teacher. Students are also taught by a number of different specialized teachers—all experts in their respective fields. Our learning specialist often works with classes and students as well. Additionally, students take frequent field trips and participate in all-school activities.

We believe world languages, science labs, athletics, and arts are an absolute must for our Lower Schoolers. With an average class size of 15 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 8-to-1 or better, every child gets more time and attention and more individualized challenges and support. More trust and respect are developed between students and teachers in this environment. Parent partnership and involvement in the learning process is encouraged, both at home and at school.

The Lower School is a diverse learning community with 200 students from across Pierce, South King, Thurston, and Kitsap Counties. Nearly four in 10 Lower Schoolers are students of color.