The Advantages of
Harrisburg Academy's
Lower School Program

1st through 5th Grade

Lower School, the Academy's elementary school, solidifies the foundation for lifelong learning. As a globally focused school, we teach children in 1st through 5th grade to care about other people and the world in which we live. We strive to help children belong and contribute to this global group. Our teachers pay close attention to their students on an individual basis and build strong positive relationships with them. In each grade, parents can expect a curriculum appropriate to their child’s growth and development in a school community that offers something more and different.  The educational program is further enhanced by physical education, library, computer science, fine and performing arts, and Spanish. An after-school program and summer day camp are also available.  The Academy’s environment for learning is a joyful, active one.


Tuition & Before/After Care

The Academy strives to remain competitive in an ever-changing economy.  We understand that your day does not always start at 8 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. which is why we’ve unveiled new wrap-around care offerings in 2018-19.  Early drop-off will begin at 7 a.m. for Lower School, and after-school coverage continues until 5:30 p.m -- all provided as part of our tuition.  Need-based financial aid is available for students in 1st-12th grade.  Click for full information on tuition and the admission process.



In the Classroom

Responsive Classroom

Students start each day with a Morning Meeting in which they circle up, greet one another, share, listen, and learn to ask questions appropriately. We find that what students learn in Morning Meeting transfers to the hallways, the playground, and beyond. Academic choice is an integral part of Responsive Classroom®, where children learn best by making choices about what they’re learning.


Lower School Orchestra

In 1st through 5th grade, students have the opportunity to audition for the Lower School Orchestra, which meets twice per week, immediately after school.


Science and Technology

Hands-on lab science experiences are designed to motivate and increase student interest and ability, and introduce them to new concepts. We enjoy activities that can be replicated or expanded upon at home, which keeps science and science exploration well within the reach of each child. In technology, EC/LS students are learning to navigate computer programs that increase their skill level and expand on ideas that are being taught in the classroom. For example, technology supports the study of germs (in science class) and the Pennsylvania scrapbook project (in social studies).


Learning Links

Kindergarten and every Lower School grade is linked to a different continent through our Learning Links global education program in partnership with Dickinson College and others. Teachers develop curriculum based on cross-cultural comparisons and communicate often with contacts in other countries via email and the web. Learning Links eventually will include teleconferencing and service learning.



Dr. Abby Mahone

Head of Early Childhood
and Lower School
717-763-7811 x1320

The Value of our Lower School:

  • Small class sizes mean individualized attention for all
  • The training and quality of our faculty who are well-versed in the developmental stages and needs of children
  • The challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum paired with the opportunities to involve areas outside the core curriculum

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