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Lower School

A learner's first years in school are an exciting and dynamic time in their lives. Children are building peer relationships, discovering their interests, and developing literacy skills that will carry with them through life. Our Lower School teachers focus on the individual cognitive and social-emotional needs of each learner while they learn about their world through story-based social studies and science curriculum, investigate their community, and grow as readers, writers, and thinkers in small group math and literacy groups. Problem solving and motivation are taught through class activities, outdoor play, and lessons with school counselors and guest speakers. Teachers utilize diagnostic pre-assessments and curriculum-based measurements to gather data on learner progress toward learning goals, in order to customize teaching to meet each learner's needs We invite you to learn more about the program and our teachers. 

English Language Arts/ Literacy   

  • Reading Mastery: Reading Mastery is a comprehensive K–5 ELA curriculum proven to raise reading performance for a wide range of learners. Reading Mastery explicitly and systematically teaches key foundational literacy skills and how to read, comprehend, and write narrative and informational text of increasing complexity—while building oral language fluency skills and increasing their vocabulary. 
  • Novel Studies

  • Slingerland: Home - Slingerland  

  • Writing: Writing curriculum stems from the common core standards and reflects the academic levels of the learners. As mentioned before, all our curriculum is individualized and tailored to fit the needs of the learners, this cannot be any truer when looking at our approach to the writing curriculum. We teach learners everything from basic grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure to how to type on a keyboard and write 5 paragraph essays.  


  • Eureka Math: Eureka Math takes a holistic approach to learning math. It not only teaches the concepts in a logical way, but it also teaches learners how to think about math in a practical way, helping them to explain "the why "behind what they know.  I have included a link to the website for more information.

Social Studies 

APL strives to celebrate diversity in ways that allow all to feel seen, validated, and appreciated. One way we achieve this is by celebrating Black history, women’s history, the AAPI community, the LGBTQIA+ community, and cultures from around the world.                                                     

The K-5 Social Studies functions in a way that builds upon foundational skills as learners move from one grade to the next.  

Kindergarten and First Grade Social Studies Units:  
  • I Like Me: The “I Like Me” helps learners gain the language needed to describe themselves. Learners learn how to identify what is unique about themselves. 
  • My Community/ Community Helpers: This unit is all about the community around us. Learners learn how to identify who community helpers are and how their contributions to society help make up a community. Learners also discover why having a community is important. 
  • Mapping: The mapping unit helps learners identify pertinent information such as their address and phone number. Learners also learn cardinal directions and how to navigate through the community around them.
Second Grade Social Studies Units:  
  • History of Seattle: The second-grade social studies is all about Seattle. Learners learn how Seattle was founded and how our city has grown and changed over time. Learners also learn about the Indigenous peoples of the Seattle area. 

Third Grade Social Studies Unit:  

  • Washington State: The third-grade social studies focuses on our wonderful state of Washington.   


  • Mystery Science: Mystery Science is a standards-based, video driven, hands on, experiment-based curriculum. Mystery Science inspires learners to love science by creating interactive ways to explore the world around us.  

Project Based Learning and STEM  

  • Learners work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience. 

  • As a result, learners develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills.