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Lower School

The lower school years are a time of building core competencies in the hearts and minds of children. We take great joy in partnering with families to provide a transformational Christian education that provides a foundation for learning. 

Lower school is an exciting introduction to the wonderful world of learning and provides a foundation for all that is to follow. Lower school students receive a comprehensive education with instruction in core subjects. All lower school teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to literacy. In addition, field trips and community service opportunities such as Missions Week help enrich the curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to participate in children's choir, instrument lessons, and other extracurricular classes. Watch the video above to see our lower school in action! 

Junior Kindergarten


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade


Hear Why Our Lower School Faculty Love Teaching at CDS

Fifth Grade Teacher, Kelly Clark

First Grade Teacher, Stephanie Dennison