Academics

Lower School

In Lower School, our number one goal is to make each child feel known and loved. Our nurturing and highly dedicated faculty focus on developing every child’s creativity, confidence, social awareness, and independent thinking. Teachers here have homes, not just classrooms, because research shows that children learn best in a stimulating and supportive environment where they feel a strong sense of belonging. Our custom built Learning Villages create a community atmosphere with a family-centered focus that is central to who we are here at All Saints. 

We are committed to fostering all aspects of the whole child; therefore, we address the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of each student. One of the ways we do this is by ensuring that the students are active participants in their own learning journey and have a voice throughout their educational experience at All Saints. 

Students have the opportunity to learn authentically through real world experiences in each of our innovative learning spaces such as the Oasis, the Explorium and the Learning Farm. We introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship as they create their own brand for egg sales,  design and test prototypes in the OASIS, and conduct Science experiments in the Explorium. At All Saints, students in Lower School learn by doing. 

At All Saints, our mission is Igniting Passions to Impact our World and in Lower School this begins with encouraging students to explore the concept of self and individualization. As students move through our program we also teach empathy, foster independence, and encourage student agency as they prepare to move to the next level. 

By modeling and focusing on our core values of honor, truth, wisdom, faith, family and service in all areas of our campus, we strive to build a foundation for students that will guide them not only through their time at All Saints but throughout their college years and beyond. 

Thank you for entrusting your children to us.  We promise to serve them well!

All my best, 
Dr. Amy Alsip
 

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  • Learning Farm

    On the Learning Farm students experience entrepreneurial opportunities harvesting and selling greens and eggs to our community while learning teamwork, stewardship, empathy, and real-world problem solving.
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  • Learning Villages

    Our Learning Village concept gives students a sense of belonging as they walk down the hallway and enter their homeplace.
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  • Oasis

    The Oasis 4-D Tinker Lab allows our Pre School through 4th grade students to discover, design, develop, and deliver.
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  • Explorium

    In our innovative Science Explorium students collaborate to confidently ask questions, challenge answers, and understand the world around them through immersive, hands-on learning.
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  • Collaboratory

    The Collaboratory is an agile learning environment that adapts to the needs of our teachers and students. From the green screen theatre to the maker cubbies to the writeable wall, the space transforms into a collaborative learning environment fitting the needs of each and every lesson.
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  • Learning

    Beginning in first grade, the integrated curriculum incorporates hands-on and engaging activities with age-appropriate goals. It emphasizes building new knowledge upon prior knowledge with the active involvement of each student in their own learning. Our culture of collaboration and curiosity is purposely blended into every lesson. Maintaining small class sizes allows teachers to give careful attention to individual needs by differentiating the curriculum while simultaneously encouraging students to work collaboratively, collegially, and respectfully with their peers. As students grow, mature, and move towards more abstract inferential thinking and reasoning, the curriculum is broadened to teach important skills in a meaningful, systematic way so that students have the strong foundation of knowledge essential for future academic success.

    The Lower School offers a blend of enrichments including Music, Physical Education, Art, Faith Formation, Learning Farm, Collaboratory (library and integrated media), Oasis (maker space), Explorium (Science Lab), and World Languages. Students experience on-campus activities and field trips to enhance units of study in Science, History, Fine Arts, and Language Arts. Our students learn self-expression, social skills, and develop their individual voices with our Conscious Discipline approach to character development. Our community recognizes that young children’s education is continually evolving and therefore we strive to leverage the latest research in pedagogy, social-emotional learning, intentional uses for technology in a classroom setting, and instructional best practices. All Saints is empowering the next generation of strong men and women as passionate leaders; this begins, without a doubt, on the very first day of school and continues throughout their All Saints journey.
  • Chess Club

    Chess Club is for any student wanting to learn or improve their game. The club will participate 7 tournaments in East Texas and host 2 of the tournaments. These tournament are for scholastic beginners and scholarship amateurs with USCF ratings under 1400.
  • Odyssey of the Mind

    OM is a competitive club that studies and prepares for state, national, and world competitions. Students are presented with challenges and tasks that must be solved. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.
  • Ukulele Club

    The after-school ukulele class is open to 3rd - 5th graders. The class meets one afternoon per week and runs from September through November. When students register for the ukulele class they are able to choose the color of ukulele they want. Students have fun learning chords, strumming patterns and playing familiar folk songs.
    • Lower School Learning Spaces

      Growing and nurturing the greens on the Learning Farm

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      Step in to our Collaboratory

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      Experiments in action in our Explorium

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      Learning comes alive in our monolithic dome

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      Students taking risks in our Explorium

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      Designing and building with robotics

    • Lower School Learning Spaces

      Our Explorium is "Out of this World"

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      Welcome to the Oasis 4-D Tinker Lab

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      Students bring imagination to life in the Oasis

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      Learning Villages create a sense of belonging

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      One of a kind collaborative learning space

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      Junior Master Gardeners earn their pins on the Learning Farm

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      2nd grade students learn to care for the chickens on the Learning Farm

Lower School Staff

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  • Photo of Amy Alsip

    Amy Alsip 

    Head of Lower School
    903-579-6000
  • Photo of Valerie Huggler

    Valerie Huggler 

    Administrative Assistant to the Head of Lower School and Early Learning
    903-579-6000 x3200

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