Lower Prep

Grades 3, 4, and 5 are Prelude Lower Prep Students. Lower Prep students build on the strong foundation they have received, focusing on a rigorous curriculum that builds knowledge across all subject areas, social and emotional learning skills, and civic education. Students participate in hands-on, engaging assignments where they are challenged and supported to meet high levels of excellence.

Students Learning


Lower Prep students focus on the following academic areas:

  • English Language Arts, Reading, and Writing presented through a themed curriculum.  
    • Students participate in word studies using Latin root words, grammar instruction, and build reading and writing skills.
    • Prelude teaches through a knowledge-based approach, including studying such topics as weather and climate, marine life, sports & society, countries of the world, Civil Rights Era, Space, Westward Expansion, and ecosystems.
    • Students work in whole group, small groups, and individually with teachers to ensure they mastering grade-level skills.
  • Mathematics
    • Students expand conceptual knowledge, build number fluency, and receive a solid foundation to prepare them to take advanced mathematics in the upper grades.
  • Science
    • Students attend class in the Science Lab, receiving specialized science instruction from a content expert. Students investigate and collaborate using the scientific method, participate in garden-based learning, and apply their science, technology, engineering, and mathematical knowledge to solve problems.
  • Social Studies
    • Students study History and Geography and build knowledge of diverse civilizations and cultures. Lower Prep students learn about World Rivers, Ancient Rome, Vikings, Texas History, Medieval Europe, Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations, The Age of Exploration, United States History, and the Geography of the United States.
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Prelude Prep uses the Caring School Community to help students with responsibility, empathy, and cooperation, creating a school where students feel heard, known, and cared for.



Lower Prep students have daily opportunities to develop social and emotional schools through collaboration and play. What to expect for your Lower Prep child:

  • Daily time to collaborate through engaging centers or outdoor team activities:
    • Arts and Crafts Center
    • Building and Design Center
    • Board Games Center
    • Technology Center
    • Creative Writing Center
    • Outdoor team activities- tag, sports, strategy games
  • Daily Outdoor Recess




Prelude Prep has a robust civic education program that allows our students to engage with the school and the local community in meaningful ways. Our three-pillar approach includes:

  • Growing for Giving
    • All Prelude Prep students cultivate our school garden. Students grow food in our gardens, distributing it to our school and the local community.
  • Community Service
    • Prelude Prep students participate in quarterly service projects. Students study our greater community's needs and enact solutions to address the need.
  • Student Government
    • Our school-wide student government encourages students to share ideas and interests with school faculty and leadership. Students attend monthly town hall meetings where they vote on service projects, receive recognition for goals and achievements, participate in activities that build a strong school community, and learn from community leaders.




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