the wisdom to follow. the courage to lead.

A Note from Cathy North, Lower School Head

Smiles and laughter are bountiful and contagious in the Lower School as this is where confidence, creativity, and character begins for our youngest scholars! When you step inside Severn's Lower School you will see how students are engaged in all aspects of our program as they play purposefully and creatively demonstrating great passion and purpose for their learning and social connections throughout and beyond our school community.

We develop the whole-child through robust academic and social programs founded in research, best practices, and educational standards. Our goal is to nurture students’ curiosity and talents, to engage students in risk taking in a positive and respectful manner, and to promote a passion for learning that shines within and among students.

Learning is an active process that serves as a compass, navigating each student towards his dreams. Differentiated learning opportunities through content and process are the essence of the planning, teaching, and learning cycle. Students are provided with multiple opportunities to engage in problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration to expand their ideas and build connections to concepts within and around the world they live.

Engaging students in academically rigorous initiatives, such as cross-curricula connections, robotics, engineering, global service learning projects, international math, and the arts permeate the educational experience. SMART Boards, iPads, and laptops are used as purposeful instructional technology tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

We take great pride in nurturing a culture that promotes a shared responsibility among faculty, parents, community members, and students. Teaching students to be contributing members of the classroom and school community are founding principles as they begin the early childhood experience. Embracing and internalizing their personal and social responsibility to the school, community and world around them are paramount to finding their voice, leading the way, and making a difference as they advance through the elementary grades.

As a student-focused leader, I believe in leading with integrity and by example. Connecting the daily operations of the schoolhouse to school and student learning goals should be fluid in forwarding our School Mission. I believe in making a difference and appreciate the extraordinary possibilities of who and what our students will become.

Cathy North
Lower School Head

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