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Welcome to the Savannah Christian Lower School!

Beyond living out our mission to develop the whole person to the glory of God, the lower school strives to develop students who:

  • know how to learn and
  • love to learn!

We know that we are developing students to thrive in a world of jobs that may not even exist today. Therefore, we want to teach them to think critically, collaborate with others, and persevere through challenges.

At the same time, we want to develop a love of learning in each student. After leaving us in the lower school, we hope they go on to be a lifelong learner who is actively engaged in the world around them.

We build the know-how to learn and the love of learning through providing students with classroom teachers that exemplify these two qualities. We know that learning within a positive and nurturing environment allows students to meet their potential and develop their strengths. Learning happens through hands-on experiences, balanced literacy, and active learning.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family at Savannah Christian.

It’s a great day to be a Raider!

Principal
Becky Knight

Assistant Principal
Suzette Sprinkel

 Chatham Parkway (912) 721-2140
 lowerschool@savcps.com

National Blue Ribbon School
Savannah Christian Prep Lower School—A National School of Excellence, 2011

The curriculum incorporates programs in Reading, Phonics, and Math that challenge the most capable learners.  Writing is emphasized as an essential skill.  Children are taught keyboarding skills beginning in first grade and they also learn to write in cursive in second grade.  Science and Social Studies are taught through the use of textbooks, field trips, research projects, technology, and the STEAM Enrichment Program.

Opportunities for Acceleration

Opportunities for acceleration are given to children at every grade level.  While the curriculum is appropriately challenging, there is a sensitivity to the needs of the child who is ready for more. Every grade level offers the opportunity for accelerated reading, using books that take them above grade level.  Likewise, spelling lessons incorporate above grade level words and math is enhanced by the use of digital programs and accelerated instruction.

Enrichment Program Specialists

Specialists in the fields of Art, Music, STEAM, Computer, Physical Education and Media provide a wealth of experiences for Lower School students, beginning with Pre-Kindergarten.  Each teacher is an expert in his/her field.  A host of strategies and resources are brought into the classroom, making both teaching and learning a delight.

After School Activity Program (ASAP)

Savannah Christian Preparatory Lower School is pleased to offer many afternoon activities through our After School Activity Program (ASAP).  Students can participate in activities like gymnastics, dance, cooking, languages, soccer, art, karate, engineering, and robotics. There is something for everyone!  Activities take place in four different sessions throughout the year for six weeks at a time. Read below to see the offerings of the current session.

Registration for session three is currently closed. 

Session Dates
Mondays January 27, February, 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9
Tuesdays January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3 (Cooking dates are different)
Wednesdays January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4 (Cooking dates are different)
Thursdays January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5
Session 3 Registration – Closed

Monday

Scoops Lacrosse Pre-K-3rd

Scoops Lacrosse is a movement and lacrosse education program for children in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade.  The classes will feature 45 minutes of FUN games that will increase the effectiveness of your child moving in general space as well as learning basic lacrosse skills.  We supply lacrosse sticks, balls, and goals to maximize participation for everybody involved in the program. Students will be split Pre-K-K and 1st-3rd.

Director: Dustin White

Grades: PreK-3rd

Time: 2:45-3:30 pm

Place: Lower School Playground Area

Min/Max: 3/30 students

Cost: $90 per session

Happy Feet Dance - Pre-K-K

Dance Instruction for girls and boys! Classes include Ballet, Tap, Pre-Jazz and Jazz. We will have a recital at Christmas and at the end of the school year. Mrs. Silver will give you information on class attire as well as shoes. Dance is a year long program. You will need to register for each session. Monday’s class will be for grades PreK-K and all beginners in dance (students with NO dance experience).

Director: Mrs. Tania Silver

Grades: PreK-K and ALL beginners

Time: 2:45-4:15 pm

Place: Building 6 East (Mrs. Caruther’s room)

Min/Max: 10/13 students per group

Cost: $100 per session

Snapology 1st-5th

Basic Engineering: Does your learner love to tinker and create new things, or are they the kind of learner who likes to break things apart to see what’s inside? If so, they are going to love Snapology’s Basic Engineers program! This program gives your student the tools they need to understand mechanical movement and the importance of simple machines. They will see these moving parts up-close as they follow instructions to build various machines and then use the basic models to develop more elaborate, creative designs with their partners and teams. Whether they are the creative-constructive type or prefer the inquisitive-deconstructive way of learning, this program is sure to spark their engineering interests!

Director:  Jennifer Edgar

Grades:  1st-5th Grade

Time:  2:45-3:45 pm

Place: Building 6

Min/Max: 6/16

Cost: $130 per session

Tuesday

(New) Golf Squad K-2nd

Golf Squad at SCPS is for both new and continuing students and provides weekly opportunities for your child to learn the technical swing mechanics (i.e. putting, chipping, full swing,etc.) as well as the social skills required to enjoy golf, the clubs, and golf course (i.e. vocabulary, etiquette, rules, history, etc.) all under the instruction of an LPGA or PGA Professional. Golf is a sport students can enjoy for life, so start early and start now…boys and girls!  Even if your child already plays, it is great to enjoy weekly, convenient lessons from the pros. 

Director: Chili Coleman/LPGA or PGA Professionals~ Paul Johnson

Grades: K-2nd

Time: 2:45-3:45

Place: Behind Bldg 7 (LS WEST) drive around to Middle School (pick up in between MS and LS playground)

Min/Max: 10/15

Cost:  $150.00  per session

Pooler Karate

Our karate programs are support students learning to set goals, and focus on both the mental and physical side of martial arts. As a parent, you have found the right tool to help mold your child into a responsible adult through positive reinforcement. Our goal is to help arm your child with self-confidence and discipline to help them deal with peer pressure and stress. Our martial arts is largely centered around self-defense. Students will receive a uniform the first time they are signed up. They will wear this uniform for every session they attend (please write your student’s name in uniform)

Director:  Carson Fortner (Owner of Pooler Karate)

Grades: K- 5th   (boys and girls)

Time: 2:45-4:00 pm

Place: SCPS Lower School Gym

Min/Max: 10/15

Cost: $150 per session

Adventures in Cooking

Children will be given the opportunity to practice using mottlers, squeezers, measuring, peeling and much, much more.  The students get clear direction from Mrs. Janis on step by step themed meals.  They will learn to cook by hands-on teaching and at the end of the class they will get to enjoy the foods they created.  Register early because this class fills up fast!

Director:  Mrs. Janis Encapera

Grades: K-5th

Time:  2:45- 4:30 pm

Place: Teacher Workroom (near Lower School East/Front Office)

Min/Max:  10/14 students

Cost:  $140 for 5 weeks

DATES: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25 (5 weeks)

Kids Spanish Exchange 2nd-5th

Our immersion Spanish classes use play to teach children Spanish, while simultaneously encouraging them to use what they’re learning in real-time interactions.  When children are having fun, learning comes naturally!

Director: Jennifer Morrison

Grades: 2nd-5th

Time: 2:45- 3:45 pm

Place: Building 6

Max: 8 students

Cost: $135 per session

Learn to speak French with "Frame Languages"

Bonjour and Welcome to the after school French Language Program offered at SCPS.  We cordially invite all students from the lower school to share with us the unforgettable experience of learning to speak French in a fun way with a focus on a very important aspect of the language: “pronunciation”.  We will be learning the different sounds through songs, games and activities.  Students will learn to understand what they hear and respond to it. Until the age of 12 the vocal cords are able to produce all sounds in all languages and retain that ability for life.  Take a step to enrich your childs’ education and broaden their horizons by enrolling them in the French program.

Director:  Mrs. Maya Antoun

Grades: Pre-k-5th

Time:  2:45-4:00 pm

Place: Building 6

Min/Max: 3/12  students

Cost: $125 per session

Wednesday

(New) Golf Squad 3rd-5th

Golf Squad at SCPS is for both new and continuing students and provides weekly opportunities for your child to learn the technical swing mechanics (i.e. putting, chipping, full swing,etc.) as well as the social skills required to enjoy golf, the clubs, and golf course (i.e. vocabulary, etiquette, rules, history, etc.) all under the instruction of an LPGA or PGA Professional. Golf is a sport students can enjoy for life, so start early and start now…boys and girls!  Even if your child already plays, it is great to enjoy weekly, convenient lessons from the pros. 

Director: Chili Coleman/LPGA or PGA Professionals~ Paul Johnson

Grades: 3rd-5th

Time: 2:45-3:45

Place: Behind Bldg 7 (LS WEST) drive around to Middle School (pick up in between MS and LS playground)

Min/Max: 10/15

Cost:  $150.00  per session

Adventures in Cooking

Children will be given the opportunity to practice using mottlers, squeezers, measuring, peeling and much, much more. The students get clear direction from Mrs. Janis on step by step themed meals. They will learn to cook by hands-on teaching and at the end of the class they will get to enjoy the foods they created. Register early because this class fills up fast!

Director:  Mrs. Janis Encapera

Grades: K-5th

Time:  2:45- 4:30 pm

Place: Teacher Workroom (near Lower School Front Office)

Min/Max:  10/14 students

Cost:  $140 for 5 weeks

DATES:  January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 (5 weeks)

Snapology PreK-K

Junior Engineers: Does your little learner love to tinker and create new things? If so, they are going to love Snapology’s Junior Engineers program! This program will give your student opportunities to build functional LEGO® DUPLO® models of elevators, amusement park rides, robotic dogs, spinning tops, and so much more! As your learner works alongside other little engineers, they will be learning the importance of teamwork and how collaboration is an essential component of engineering and design.

Director:  Jennifer Edgar

Grades: PreK-K

Place: Building 6

Time:  2:45-3:45

Min/Max: 6/16 students

Cost: $130 per session

Art Workshop- 3rd-5th

We will be exploring a variety of media, which may include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and screen printing. Each workshop/session will be new, different and exciting! Pick up is outside of Akins carpool.  Mrs. Gray will walk students out when class is over.

Director:  Michelle Gray, SCPS LS Art Teacher

Grades:  3rd-5th

Time:  2:45-4:15

Place:  SCPS LS Art room (Akins Bldg.)

Min/Max: 5/15 students

Cost:  $125 per session (supplies included)

Thursday

Etiquette Class with a trip to 17Hundred90

Your child will leave “Adventures in Etiquette” with the tools to provide CONFIDENCE in social and dining situations that will boost self esteem and help him or her navigate successfully through life!  Students will have a hands-on experience practicing setting a table, appropriate behavior in a restaurant, shaking hands with assurance, hosting and guest duties, how to make a great first impression, cell phone etiquette, how to hold a conversation and SO MUCH MORE!! At the end of the sessions, students will experience a five course meal at 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant in downtown Savannah where they will practice skills learned!

Director:  Mrs. Janis Encapera

Grades: K-5th grade

Time:  2:45- 4:30

Place:  Teacher Workroom (near Lower School Front Office)

Min:  10 students

Cost:  $175 includes 5 course meal at 17Hundred90

Dates for Etiquette: September 5, 12, 19, 26 October (visit to 17Hundred90 TBA)

Happy Feet Dance- 1st-5th

Dance Instruction for girls and boys! Classes include Ballet, Tap, Pre-Jazz and Jazz. We will have a recital at Christmas and at the end of the school year. Information on class attire as well as shoes will come from the instructor after you are enrolled. Dance is a year long program. You will need to register for each session.  This class will be for ALL 1st-5th graders and ANY student with 2 years of dance experience.

Director: Mrs. Tania Silver

Grades: 1st-5th and students w/2 yrs experience

Time: 2:45- 4:15 pm

Place: Building 7 (Lower School West)

Min/Max: 10/13 students per group

Cost: $100 per session

Sweet Feet Soccer

Sweet Feet Soccer is a movement and soccer education program for children in grades Pre-K through 2nd grade.  The classes will feature 45 minutes of FUN games that will increase the effectiveness of your child moving in general space as well as learning basic soccer skills.  We will supply all of the equipment for FUN and LEARNING to occur.  Our classes take place on the SCPS Lower School playground area.

Director: Courtney Cawley

Grades:  PreK-2nd

Time:  2:45-3:30

Place: SCPS Lower School Playground

Min/Max:  3/30 students

Cost: $90 per session

Art Workshop- Kindergarten-2nd

We will be exploring a variety of media, which may include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and screen printing.  Each workshop/session will be new, different and exciting! Pick up is at the Akins carpool.  Mrs. Gray will walk students out when class is over.

Director:  Michelle Gray, SCPS LS Art Teacher

Grades:  K-2nd

Time:  2:45-4:15 pm

Place:  SCPS Lower School Art Room (Akins Bldg.)

Min/Max: 5/15 students

Cost: $125 per session (supplies included)

Kids Spanish Exchange Pre-K-1st

Our immersion Spanish classes use play to teach children Spanish, while simultaneously encouraging them to use what they are learning in real-time interactions.  When children are having fun, learning comes naturally!

Director: Jennifer Morrison

Grades: Pre-K-1st

Time: 2:45- 3:45 pm

Place: Building 6

Max: 8 students

Cost: $135 per session

No two children are alike nor do they learn the same way. Savannah Christian Lower School nurtures the child who exhibits learning differences, using data to target needs and a wide variety of strategies to promote understanding. We also celebrate victories!

Learning Support Center

The Learning Resource Center provides daily instruction in the areas of Reading, Spelling and Math. Children are referred for this service by the classroom teacher or parent. Data is used to identify specific needs and a plan is developed to target those areas. A capable and compassionate teacher works with each child, individually or in a small group, for at least 45 minutes daily. Children “graduate” from this program as soon as targeted goals are met!

Learning Support Center

Counseling

In an effort to work together to help each SCPS student in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade develop to the glory of God, each Lower School campus has a group of amazing volunteer parents who meet with the Lower School administration monthly.  A full calendar of events, supported by a plethora of parent committees who work in tandem with what the teachers are teaching, helps to create a full-orbed curriculum for each grade level.  True fellowship is enjoyed by all.

PTF Sponsored Events

Parents lend their enthusiastic support to make possible many special experiences for our children. Among their numerous services, they play a key role in the learning activities for Georgia Day, the games for Super Saturday and the warm welcome we give to guests and special friends for Grandparents’ Days.

Endless Support

The PTF makes possible a rich learning environment for our youngsters.  Most recently this vital arm of the school has supported classroom instruction by funding two carts with 48 chromebooks, to be used by students in Grades 3, 4 and 5!  They also assisted in making possible 25 new computers for the Computer Lab and provided an iPad for each teacher!  Our parents are a key to the amazing progress made by our children and the support felt by our teachers.