Lower School

The Beaufort Academy Lower School is a safe and nurturing environment where small class sizes allow for personal interaction among teachers, students, and parents. Our child-centered classrooms allow students to be challenged independently, in small groups, and as a whole class. Our curriculum encourages students to be independent thinkers and critical problem solvers while practicing traditional classroom activities.


  • Math: Teachers and students utilize the Eureka Mathematics Program that builds a strong foundation for each child. Eureka Math connects math to the real world in ways that take the fear out of math and build student confidence—helping students achieve true understanding lesson by lesson and year after year. 

  • Language Arts: The language arts program includes reading, phonics, spelling, language, and writing activities, taught in an integrated manner. Students are placed in guided level reading groups after initial and continual assessments using Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarks. The reading groups focus on comprehension and decoding, allowing students to move from learning -to-read, toward reading -to -learn. Word study is phonics based, incorporating spelling and language, allowing for differentiated instruction. Writing is woven through all subject areas using the 6+1 Traits of Writing™ creating portfolios to track student progress. 

  • Science: Lower School science works on building background knowledge in a wide range of content areas, including life, earth, and physical sciences. Content is presented in reading activities, as well as exploration. Students explore using the scientific process in an interactive way, recording and analyzing data. Our campus allows for environmental study and investigation.

  • Social Studies: The Lower School social studies focus is on personal, social, and civic responsibilities in society.  Through the study of periods of time and historical figures, students are able to learn about government and economics, geography, climate, and cultures. Social studies is also introduced through holidays and celebrations during the calendar year. South Carolina history is the focus of third grade studies. US History is the main focus for fourth graders.

  • Renaissance: The Lower School Renaissance class is a weekly opportunity for students in grades K-5 to participate in activities involving music, science, & drama. Through the various experiments and activities, creative thinking, curiosity, & team work are encouraged.  Students are able to express themselves and engage with others while making scientific and artistic connections with the world around them.

  • Library & Media Skills: The Beaufort Academy library program for the lower school is a fixed- schedule weekly class covering three different content areas: literature appreciation, library orientation, and information finding and synthesizing. The goal of the Media Skills program is to develop life-long learners – students who are independent users of information for both enjoyment and academic purposes.

  • STEAM: The Lower School STEAM class engages students in library by encouraging students to take the abstract nature of a story and translate it to the concrete world. These lessons will incorporate children's literature and hands-on manipulatives all designed to encourage collaboration, problem solving skills, resilience, and of course, fun!

  • Physical Education: The Physical Education program at Beaufort Academy follows the standards that are directed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The students are encouraged to exhibit a physically active lifestyle and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Throughout the program the students are taught to understand that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. The students are introduced to a variety of sports and encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that involve physical fitness. The goal of the Physical Education program is to encourage students to enjoy a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity.

  • Fine Arts: The Beaufort Academy Lower School art program is a creative process that allows for choice, exploration, and imaginative expression in a pleasant, supportive atmosphere. Students are encouraged to make a personal statement through their art. Students are taught a variety of media, tools and techniques. The art teacher and the classroom teacher work together to create art that relates to what is being studied in the classroom.
  • Spanish: Lower school students are introduced to the use of the Spanish language in a practical sense. Students are engaged in several ways: speaking, listening and looking while using the total physical response method of learning (TPR). They are exposed to different Hispanic cultures and customs that assist in the proper usage of the language. Students are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge of different cultures and develop social interaction with enjoyment and pride.

  • Technology/Media Skills: Students are taught basic computer skills in the lower school through many means: as part of their lower school library visits, within the individual classrooms through their teachers, and through active collaboration between their teachers and the media specialist as an integral part of a curriculum unit. The students are taught basics such as the parts of a computer, computer care and file management, keyboarding, and the use of the computer for research, creativity, communication, and refining the inquiry process.
  • Core Values emphasis
  • 9/11 tribute
  • Fall Festival
  • Halloween Parade
  • Veterans’ Day program
  • Thanksgiving Family Lunch
  • Holiday Show
  • Spring Fling Performance & Art Show
  • Field Day
  • Chess Club
  • Earth Day awareness activities
  • PI Day celebration
  • School wide pep rallies
  • SCISA Meet participation: Art Show, Spelling Bee, Literary Meet
  • Support community agencies: Friends of Caroline Hospice’s Festival of Trees, CODA, CAPA, and HELP of Beaufort
  • Drama/Arts
  • Guest performers (Indian Tribe, jazz and blues musicians, storytellers)
  • After-school enrichment classes


Beaufort Academy offers an after school child care program called “Eagle’s Nest” for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade on the main campus.  Eagle’s Nest activities include structured play, artwork, puzzles, sciences, outdoor games, playground time, children’s movies, and home work and study time for older children.  Children should bring a snack and a drink each day. Eagle’s Nest after-care is provided on all regular school days, it is not provided on early dismissal days, when there is no school, or on the day before a break. 
Contact Jenn Ball at [email protected] for more information.
For more information and registration, visit the Eagle's Nest site here.



While all students complete the same rigorous curriculum, we recognize some students with distinctive learning styles may need a few additional services in order to fully engage in a meaningful learning process, effectively utilize the best components of their distinctive learning styles, and productively pursue BA’s curriculum. Such services may be accessed through our learnings services department. 

To learn more about learning services at BA, click here. 

NOTE: Beaufort Academy does not create or accept Individual Educational Plans “IEPs” or other documents mandating special education plans.