Lower School

We start nurturing the courage to take intellectual risks from the very beginning.

In Lower School, girls as young as five become accustomed to standing in assemblies and sharing their thoughts on open-ended questions. The Lower School program is designed to foster cognitive, social, and emotional growth, and is responsive to different rates of development and styles of learning. The large Lower School faculty—including homeroom teachers; reading and math specialists; and specialized science, foreign language, music, art, library, technology, and physical education teachers—engage students in an integrated curriculum encompassing reading, English, mathematics, history, geography, science, foreign language study, technology, physical education, and the arts. The content of this curriculum is structured to enable our students to develop the skills and self-discipline they will need for a lifetime of learning. The Lower School is committed to giving careful attention to individual student needs, emphasizing collaborative learning and interdisciplinary work.

In Lower School, when everything is new, breadth means exposure to a rich variety of ideas, styles, disciplines, and ways to explore and understand the world.

Nightingale’s social and emotional learning curriculum focuses on the development of a positive social environment in which students feel supported by classmates and teachers and are allowed to take risks, to solve problems independently, and most importantly, to grow as learners and as human beings. Through daily classroom routines and student-teacher interactions, the girls develop positive social skills and strengthen their community bond. Classrooms become working communities in which individuals are celebrated, problems may be solved collaboratively, and mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities.

Lower School News

Nightingale's varsity tennis team is officially the best in the city! Over the weekend, the Nighthawks won the Mayor's Cup tournament, which brings together the top teams from NYC's public, private, and parochial schools. This victory is a first in Nightingale's history and caps off an amazing undefeated season in which the Nighthawks were also AAIS league and tournament champions!
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Nightingale competes at many tournaments—local, regional, and national—and each one is different from the rest. Friday nights at Regis make us feel like we are part of an exclusive intellectual club. The international food festival put on by the parents of the Bronx High School of Science team at their invitational reminds us of how diverse this city is, and that passion for an activity unites. To read more, click on the headline above.
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It's very difficult to engage a large group of sleep-deprived teenagers, but Professor Rashauna Johnson did it flawlessly. On Friday, April 17, courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Upper School welcomed Professor Johnson, an assistant professor of history at Dartmouth College, for Nightingale's annual Joan Stitt McMenamin Memorial Lecture. To read more, click on the headline above.
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The Nightingale-Bamford School has helped generations of girls to become strong, independent, confident women. We offer a rigorous, college-preparatory education from Kindergarten through grade 12 in a caring and attentive school community.

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