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

Months of preparation and hard work in all three divisions culminated in a community-wide day of philanthropy on Tuesday, December 2, otherwise known as #GivingTuesday.
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The day that Malala Yousafzai became—at age 17—the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Class III set aside the afternoon to have a discussion about her life.
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The following article by Head of School Paul A. Burke originally appeared on November 18 as a blog post on the #GivingTuesday website: Sir Ken Robinson, in his well-traveled TED Talk, makes a grand claim that schools drain creativity from unwilling and unknowing subjects. Schools, it seems, take a young mind inclined towards imagination and confine it to the boundaries of rote and reduction.
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The Nightingale-Bamford School
20 East 92nd Street New York NY 10128
T: 212 289 5020
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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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