Each morning, teachers and the Head of Lower School greet students who arrive by bus, scooter, or on foot at our beautiful Lower School building, steps away from Prospect Park. They enter a landmark building whose beautiful hallways, stained glass windows, and sculpted wooden staircase are brought to life by their voices, their questions, their dances, their musical renditions, their art, by everything they are and all the energy they bring to learning.

We are a community of learners and, together, we create the Poly experience.

At the Lower School, that experience is tailored to children’s innate curiosity, developmental needs, and creative impulses. Our teachers collaborate to produce engaging lessons that nurture inquisitiveness, intellectual courage, and empathy. Our deans promote state-of-the art programs to support curriculum development and social-emotional learning, and our energetic Parents’ Association helps facilitate classroom events, field trips, celebrations of diversity, and conversations about parenting practices.

LS overview educational philosophy

Educational Philosophy

Our whole-child educational philosophy derives from our commitment to diversity—of individuals, viewpoints, experiences—and the intellectual and moral excellence that it generates. Poly’s Lower School curriculum nurtures and extends students’ natural curiosity, engages them in the challenges and joys of problem solving, and motivates them to acquire the knowledge and habits of mind necessary to become agents of change in their communities, our country, and the world.


Poly Students


Zoe D. ’29

Zoe D. ’29 loves to solve puzzles and to create things such as the animations she creates using Scratch (or the Scratch coding environment).

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Sophia C. ’31

Sophia C. ’31 is full of creativity and during choice time, she enjoys working with her classmates to create books about topics she loves.

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Nina E. ’32

“Nina E. ’32 brightens our Kindergarten classroom with her luminous spirit and irrepressible enthusiasm.”

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Clover G. ’28

Clover G. ‘28 co-wrote a song called “Not Anymore,” which she performed with classmates at the Lower School Winter Concert.

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John W. ’32

“John W. ’32 loves P.E. and shows good sportsmanship after each contest.”

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Addie Schoenberger

“Learning through wonder! I want to encourage students to learn about the world around them and ask questions. If the wonder about their environment starts at a young age, it will continue into adulthood.”

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Olugbala Williams

“I believe teaching to the whole child, which for the preschool age means focusing on social emotional growth. Children in my class learn to self-regulate, handle frustration, become comfortable with making mistakes, and how to empathize.”

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Stacy Hunter P’15

Before coming to Poly, Stacy Hunter was an architect and a software engineer. “What interested me then and what continues to interest me now is examining the region where design and computer science meet.”

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Positively POLY

Discover how Poly’s student-centered approach provides families a partner in social-emotional health, reaching academic goals, and igniting the imagination. We are a community of learners and, together, we create the Poly experience.

Students receive letter from President Biden

President Biden Gives Advice to Grade 2

Grade 2 students shared their thoughts on immigration policy with President Biden.

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Lower School Student Playbill art
Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr. Assistant Head of Lower School

Meet Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr., New Assistant Head of Lower School

Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr. will join Poly as Assistant Head of Lower School as of July 1, 2021.

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