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Lower School K - 5
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Big Opportunities, Ideas, Friendships, and Dreams

Grounded in a sense of caring and the pedagogy of Responsive Classroom, Lower School students accept academic challenges while embracing both community and individual responsibility. Students develop as solution-oriented children, thinking critically, and being resourceful.

Students in Lower School Are

Lower School Weekly Schedule

Bullis operates on a trimester system: the first trimester ends at Thanksgiving, the second ends in early March and the third at the end of the school year in early June.

Lower School students have fourteen classes each week in all grades with elementary educators beyond homeroom. These experts in math, science, art, music, dance, physical education, library, design and movement work with Lower School students and forge relationships that last throughout their time at Bullis.

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Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

  • Homeroom: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
  • Science: 2 times/week
  • Art: 2 times/week
  • Design: 1 time/week
  • Movement: 3 times/week
  • Music: 3 times/week
  • Physical Education: 3 times/week

3rd Grade – 5th Grade

  • Homeroom: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
  • Science: 2 times/week
  • Art: 2 times/week
  • Design: 1 time/week
  • Movement: 1 time/week
  • Music: 1 time/week
  • Music Elective: 2 times/week
  • Physical Education: 3 times/week
  • Spanish: 2 times/week

Lower School Signature Programs

Bullis offers four K-12 Signature Programs – Entrepreneurship, Humanities & Global Studies (HGS), Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), Visual & Performing Arts (VPA).

Signature Programs begin to weave through the Lower School experience. Student exposure to the programs broadens each year with increasing opportunities for independence, research, and discovery. 

Bullis Four Signature Programs
Entrepreneurship
Humanities & Global Studies
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Visual & Performing Arts
  • Shark Tank
  • Economic Thinking
  • Entrepreneur Fair
  • Community
  • Immigration & Movement
  • Global Village
  • Writing for Social Justice
  • Natural-Phenomena-Based Inquiries
  • Engineering & Design Challenges
  • Outdoor Experiences & Field Studies
  • Movement/Dance
  • Band & Strings
  • Theatrical Performances
  • Visual Art
  • Frequent Performance Opportunities

Lower School Course Offerings at Bullis

Lower School Course Map

Curriculum Guide K - 12