Lower School

The students at Springdale’s Lower School will be our future’s greatest resource and tomorrow’s leaders.

The landscape is changing for our young people, and the majority of their careers are yet to be created. Springdale responds to this challenge by creating an emergent curriculum designed to cultivate critical and global thinking, collaboration, communication, and self-direction a using project-based learning.


Springdale Preparatory School’s Lower School will open in fall 2019, offering students the unique opportunity to attend kindergarten through high school at one institution and emerge college-ready with the tools needed to meet all of life’s challenges.


Industry best practices are incorporated into our unique educational approach to guide students to embrace learning from their first day at Springdale. In our Lower School program, we emphasize building respectful relationships as part of our two-year looping community, which provides a dedicated, nurturing facilitator for two academic grades who designs responsive, emergent curriculum specifically for each student.


In our kindergarten through third grade classrooms, students focus on building foundational skills in literacy and mathematics while they engage in hands-on, project-based studies which promote critical thinking, collaboration, community building, and creativity. These years serve as the foundation for lifelong learning, and at Springdale, students are at the heart of the curriculum.  Our flexible, multidisciplinary environments meet the needs of every type of learner. Assessments though authentic, observation-based portfolios are shared with families throughout the year.


Springdale’s fourth and fifth grade students meaningfully apply the primary skills acquired in our early grades, while they grow as autonomous, globally-conscious, empathetic citizens in preparation for our Middle School and Upper School experiences. Students deepen their skills as scientists, authors, engineers, and artists and become tenacious investigative problem-solvers with a keen eye on serving their local and global communities. Students curate and present their own academic portfolios multiple times annually.


In addition to our academic day, students have the option to participate in our after-school offerings which change quarterly, providing varied opportunities throughout year. Post-day activities include intramural sports, world languages clubs and arts programming.

Lower School Admissions:

To reserve your child’s place in our inaugural K-5 classes, please contact us at lsadmissions@springdaleps.org or (443) 671-0069.


Percent of boarding school students report that their schools are academically challenging. — Reported by The National Association of Independent Schools

Maryland State Department of Education Certification

Springdale Preparatory School is a Maryland State Department of Education approved boarding and day academic community.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Springdale Preparatory School will not discriminate against students or employees on the basis of race; national or ethnic origin; religion; gender; sexual orientation; age; or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions decisions, employment practices, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs and activities.