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Lower School (Primary - 4th Grade)

At Marin Horizon, the Lower School years are essential for our younger students as they develop their foundational skills in becoming global citizens. Our students build self-confidence and moral courage, develop their communication skills and a sense of responsibility, and practice how to work cooperatively in a joyful, safe, and academically engaging classroom setting. We celebrate our differences, share our perspectives and cultivate community partnerships with families to support the ever-changing needs of our students. 

Through a curriculum that begins in a Montessori-inspired preschool classroom, our students are exposed to different approaches to learning, enhancing their awareness of their learning styles. As students continue to Kindergarten and beyond, they transfer these foundational learning skills into a more traditional classroom setting. They are given opportunities to problem-solve and think critically while learning new concepts and acquiring skills in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish. Teachers deliver a rich academic program integrated with imaginative, conceptual lessons that involve hands-on and experiential learning. The Lower School classroom experience can be set within four walls or, at times, in the great outdoors. 

Science and social studies classes are taught in mixed grade groupings beginning in first grade, opening up opportunities for academic interactions amongst neighboring grade levels and further nurturing and expanding our student's social circles.

As a school, Marin Horizon recognizes that children benefit from an environment where social and emotional growth is intentionally nurtured and developed. The Lower School uses various resources to help provide our students with an environment that empowers them to feel comfortable, safe, and confident in various situations. We utilize the Responsive Classroom approach as a framework for all aspects of interactions. Marin Horizon also employs a restorative justice approach to discipline and behavior. Restorative justice focuses on building community and holding students accountable, understanding that each student's behavior impacts the community. 

Our students cultivate an appreciation for the arts through our weekly music and visual arts program and gain outdoor education and fitness skills in PE. Our students also learn to be responsible digital citizens and use technology effectively when developmentally appropriate.

Above all, if you ask our lower school students why they are at Marin Horizon, you will often hear how they feel seen, heard, and love their school, classmates, teachers, and community. There is a lot to love about Marin Horizon! 

Victoria Huerta-Miller
Director of Lower School
Non-discrimination policy: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identification, disability or other category protected by law.