The Lower School years are full of energy and excitement as strong foundations are laid for life-long learning. Children are developing the necessary skills, both social and academic, to become confident and engaged learners. Our goal is to instill the joy of learning in our students by providing a nurturing environment that supports and challenges a child’s development.
Classical Curriculum – Engaged Students
The Lower School has an engaging curriculum covering the core areas of mathematics, phonics, spelling, grammar, literature, science, Bible, history, and Latin. We also offer music, art and physical education to create a rich experience filled with opportunities for all students to explore new skills and ideas. Our curriculum aims at mastery of the building blocks of knowledge in each academic area. Our choices of methods and content are based upon proven educational research, and we are consistently amazed by what our students can accomplish. Curriculum details are at the bottom of the page.
The children regularly relate what they have learned in everyday conversation. They do not see what they are learning in terms of isolated facts, such as ‘I now know this about a given topic’ but ideas come up organically as they relate in context to other ideas. Historical context makes sense to them as they compare what we talk about every day with underlying concepts in what they are learning. There is a free connection (based on the ability to compare ideas) between what they are learning across the disciplines that results in moments of discovery as they try to understand the world. They are already displaying the ability to make their own conclusions based on a confident handling of what they learn. Being in a Christian environment marries the logic of the world with the truth of God’s ways so they understand the interconnectedness of faith and practice, understanding and belief. They talk as freely about God’s truth as they do about historical events, allowing for a better understanding of both.
AFA Kindergarten and Second Grade Mom
Instructional Methods – A Love for Learning
Our highly qualified and gifted teachers use instructional strategies that appeal to different learning styles and encourage students to think along with them. Class sizes are small enough that they can help students individually and understand their needs. Students are taught how to retain information, memorize, and organize their thinking using songs, chants, visual displays, student-designed portfolios, drama and timelines. The rich historical, cultural, and educational setting of northern Virginia is a wonderful resource for field trips to complement their learning in school.
The learning is very engaging, fun and interactive. It was at these very young ages that my children found a love of learning — not because they had to, but because they enjoyed the experience.
AFA Mom who has students who have attended every Lower School Grade
Spiritual Development – A Place to Flourish as a Child of God
Spiritual growth, resulting in lives that honor God and reflect His love, is a primary goal of the education we offer. It is essential that our students gain a solid grasp of the foundational truths of Scripture and that they learn to recognize God’s handiwork in history and throughout His creation. Loving, committed Christian teachers help students to learn Biblical truths in all areas of the curriculum and to apply those principles in ways that encourage respect and honor for God and others.
The biggest and most important benefit of Ad Fontes is that Allison is free to be the child God has called her to be. God is not limited to home anymore. Allison is learning what it means to serve God in everything, to rejoice with others in their happiness and to pray for anything and everything. Coming in a close second to this is the education she is receiving. Allison is excited about learning and wants to learn more at every opportunity! AFA has taken her natural talents and provided a place for those to flourish. She is learning to meet new challenges with grace and perseverance.
AFA First Grade Mom
Parental Involvement – Partners in Discipleship
These are all key ingredients for a successful school, but all of this depends on the relationship we enjoy with parents. Parents are in a partnership with the school for the purpose of helping our children become the people that God intends. Parental involvement is one of the key factors in student success. Since parents are the primary educators of their children, we encourage a close relationship and open communication between school and home to maximize learning and growth.
He loves school and I’ve been amazed at how much he’s already learned in such a short time. I appreciate the support in parenting that is given by teaching the children the importance of respect, obedience and responsibility. The focus of the curriculum is not just about ‘reading, writing, and arithmetic.’ It is focused on the character of the child.
AFA Kindergarten Parent
Lower School Curriculum
Ad Fontes Kindergarten Overview
Ad Fontes 1st Grade Overview
Ad Fontes 2nd Grade Overview
Ad Fontes 3rd Grade Overview
Ad Fontes 4th Grade Overview
Ad Fontes 5th Grade Overview
Ad Fontes 6th Grade Overview