Lower School (Kindergarten - Grade 4)

Our lower school students learn the importance of problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking in dynamic environments. Hands-on experiences with iPads, laptop computers, and interactive white boards provide a dynamic, engaging environment while being challenged and supported. Our teachers provide a warm, nurturing educational experience as they encourage our students to collaborate, investigate, and think critically, developing a lifelong love of learning.

Students are also provided opportunities to showcase their talents in performing arts as well as learn the importance of philanthropy and giving back to the community.

Lower School Counseling

Susan Emrhein, Lower School Counselor

At FRA, we believe in educating the whole child. In addition to addressing student academic growth, we address and support social and emotional development. We present a curriculum designed to strengthen students' abilities to identify their feelings and handle them in productive ways.

Our lower school counselor, Susan Emrhein, is a certified behavioral specialist who assists our students with topics including:


  • Friendship
  • Feelings
  • Nutrition
  • Manners
  • Honesty
  • Bullying
  • Giving
  • Kindness & Empathy
  • Gratitude
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Teamwork

Lower School Enrichments

As part of the learning experience at FRA, even our youngest students are exposed to enrichment classes daily. Students attend one of five enrichment classes for 45 minutes each day in:

  • STEM Lab
  • Guidance
  • Spanish
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Lower School Library

Our students are encouraged to use the media center to browse, research, read, or check out materials when classroom schedule permits. The media center also offers monitored and filtered access to educational websites and other online resources. Our goal is to offer the latest tools in technology to enhance the educational development of our students.

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