Academic Program

Reading & Writing

Reading and writing are both taught in workshop format. Reading workshops allow students to read real books, rather than textbooks, while the writing program incorporates investigation and reflection. Workshops focus on basic skills, such as phonics and word study, in genres such as mystery, nonfiction and realistic fiction.

SDS Lower School students raising their hands


In addition to our traditional math and science curriculum, every first through fourth grade student participates in Frontiers, an enrichment class designed to guide them in solving problems by thinking creatively. Students do this through hands-on activities such as creating simple machines, formulating an original perfume and dissecting sharks.

SDS Lower School students playing in classroom


The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

SDS Lower School enrichment class

Foreign Language

Our philosophy for teaching foreign language in the Lower School is to instill in our students an appreciation and enthusiasm of language and culture. Having a rich language background helps Spartanburg Day School students prepare to live in a global society. The Spanish program complements our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme by helping students understand different cultures and see the world from many different perspectives. After graduating from the Lower School, students are able to continue with their Spanish studies in the Middle and Upper schools.


Beginning in first grade, Lower School students experience 1:1 technology with both iPads and MacBooks. The use of technology is thoughtfully integrated into the curriculum, preparing students to be responsible digital citizens.

Art, Music & PE

Students participate in PE and art two to four times each week and master music fundamentals through weekly classes and multiple performances.

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