Lower School experience

How do we do it?

The Regis Experience provides boys with a toolkit of opportunities that they can build on to learn to make wise decisions with confidence and courage. Every member of the community works together to create an environment designed distinctly for boys with high expectations and support for success. Every boy who participates in The Regis Experience is intentionally guided through a progressive and age-appropriate program of leadership and character development.

Five essential elements of The Regis Experience, rooted in the Sacred Heart mission:

  • Catholic Identity (Goal I and IV)
  • Challenging curriculum with quality instruction (Goal II)
  • Community focus (Goal III and IV)
  • Class size that is manageable and balanced (Goal IV and V)
  • All-boy environment (Goal IV and V)

The essential elements are manifested in many ways in each division including some of the examples highlighted below.

Kindergarten through Second Grades

Regis students enter lower school with a passion for learning and a developing understanding of what it means to be a child of the Sacred Heart. In grades Kindergarten through second, boys become more active participants in The Regis Experience. The faculty focus on giving boys opportunities to explore the world through discovery and hands-on instruction methods that further ignites their zest for learning and questioning.

Catholic

Three kindergarten boys walking to a wooden cross outside The Regis School
  • Participating actively in prayer and liturgy
  • Daily religion instruction
  • Developing of Sacred Heart traditions
  • Sacramental preparation

Curriculum

A kindergarten boy using a computer and wearing headphones in a Lower School classroom
  • Learning the basics and sharing knowledge with others.
  • Core Subjects: Language arts, math, religion, science, social studies
  • Ancillaries: art, library, MakerSpace (STEM), music, physical education, Spanish (Grade 2)

Community

Coaches and young players holding hands in a circle on an athletic field outside The Regis School
  • Learning respect for classmates
  • Cooperating with classmates and adults and developing responsibility
  • Serving each other and the community
  • Participating in co-curricular athletics – soccer, basketball, and baseball
  • Collaborative activities with Duchesne such as Polar Express Day and Social Awareness projects

All-boy

A group of young players raising their hands together with their coach
  • Developing relationship with Regis big brother (Kindergarten-1)
  • Teachers who understand boys and incorporate boy-specific learning practices
  • Daily physical education class
  • Daily recess: two to three times per day
  • Annual field day and Congé

Third through Fourth Grades

Regis students complete lower school with a strong grasp of what it means to be an active learner and a have a concrete understanding of what it means to be a child of the Sacred Heart. In grades three and four, boys become effective contributors in The Regis Experience. The students are challenged to extend themselves as learners, become more aware of the needs of others, and to recognize their talents and gifts and use them wisely.

Catholic

A Lower School boy reading from a prayer book to other students at The Regis School
  • Participating actively in prayer and liturgy
  • Daily religion instruction
  • Deepening of Sacred Heart traditions

Curriculum

Two Lower School boys working together at a table in a Regis School classroom
  • Learning the basics and sharing knowledge with others.
  • Core Subjects: language arts, math, religion, science, social studies
  • Ancillaries: art, library, MakerSpace, music, physical education, STEM, Spanish

Community

A group of Lower School boys reaching into a tub of toys at The Regis School
  • Learning respect for classmates
  • Cooperating with classmates and adults and developing responsibility
  • Serving each other and the community
  • Participating in co-curricular athletics – soccer, basketball, baseball, and rugby
  • Collaborative activities with Duchesne such as Social Awareness and curriculum projects

Class size

A group of Lower School boys at a table wearing crowns
  • 16 boys per class
  • Opportunities to develop deep friendships and close relationships
  • Learning environment that is positioned for project-based/small group work
  • Individual attention is present throughout the learning environment
  • Off-campus, overnight field trips

All-boy

A Lower School boy with a snake on his shoulders
  • Teachers who understand boys and incorporate boy-specific learning practices
  • Daily physical education class
  • Daily recess: two to three times per day
  • Annual field day and Congé