lower elementary

Pictured: Rebecca Little, Lower Elementary School Principal - B.S. Business Administration, Auburn University, M.A. Elementary Education, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Pictured: Rebecca Little, Lower Elementary School Principal - B.S. Business Administration, Auburn University, M.A. Elementary Education, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Students are valued image bearers of God that have big ideas, inquisitive minds, and an excitement to learn.

Perimeter School's lower elementary curriculum is developmentally appropriate for each grade with added emphasis on living books and the arts. All of our subjects are taught with the truth of Scripture as our guide. In these formative years of education, Perimeter teachers introduce new ideas and concepts that expand students’ minds, give them an appetite for learning, and build a solid foundation for their academic and spiritual growth. 

Helping our children realize their call to become students who glorify God in all that they do is an essential foundation that we begin to establish in these early years.

Academic Focus

Developing The "whole child"

Lower elementary is focused on developing children intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Perimeter School teachers have received advanced training in language arts and cognitive neuroscience, especially in the development of executive function.

Wilson fundations - The prevention model

Wilson Fundations is focused on carefully sequenced skills in the basics of decoding and encoding the English language, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. This research-validated approach results in strong reading and spelling skills.

Nature study

Once a month students are guided in a study of the natural world, utilizing observation, a devotion, and dry-brush painting techniques. Students begin a sketchbook that will accompany them until 8th grade.


Narration improves auditory processing skills (especially important in our image-based culture), comprehension, vocabulary development, synthesis skills, and ability to sequence. Narration has been confirmed by research to allow children to go higher in Bloom's taxonomy.


The students regularly attend music class as part of their Friday curriculum.  They are exposed to a variety of instruments, music fundamentals, and vocal participation.

Parent Participation

immersed in life together

Daytime commitments are generally shared between mother and father, and both parents are expected to attend evening commitments.


  • 3-5 Daytime Commitments - including teacher-led classroom activities, field trips, service projects, and parent/teacher conferences

  • 7-8 Evening Commitments - including classroom prayer meetings and campus meetings

lower elementary

  • 10-12 Daytime Commitments - including Enrichment Days, service projects, and parent/teacher conferences

  • 8-9 Evening Commitments - including classroom prayer meetings and campus meetings

Enrichment Days

Where learning comes alive

Enrichment Days allow parents to partner in transforming a variety of supplementary topics from simply educational to interactive opportunities. This time in the classroom provides parents the opportunity to build rich relationships with their child, his or her classmates, and other parents. 

In first and second grades, a parent becomes the lead teacher with another parent assisting on selected Fridays. There are approximately four leads and four assists per family per year with all resources and training provided.

I love that we get to spend time in the classroom in such a meaningful, ‘present’, and engaging way.
— Bass Family
School Hours


Kindergarten: 8:20 AM – 12:10 PM (Monday – Thursday or Monday – Friday, depending on selection)

Pre-first – Second Grade: 8:20 AM – 12:10 PM (Monday – Friday)

Third Grade: 8:20 AM – 3:10 PM (Tuesday – Thursday) and 8:20 AM – 12:10 PM (Monday and Friday)

Fourth - Fifth Grade: 8:20 AM – 3:10 PM (Monday – Friday)

Sixth - Eighth Grade: 8:20 AM – 3:10 PM (Monday – Friday) 

Offering Flexibility For Families

Adventure (After School) Program – an optional, after-school program (Monday - Thursday from 12:10 PM to 3:10 PM) featuring developmentally-appropriate experiences that spark the imagination. Students may enroll in just one or up to all four days.

Children must be students at Perimeter School in kindergarten, pre-first, first, second, or third grades.

Additional Friday Offerings (limited class size) -

  • Art Classes: 12:10 - 3:10 PM - First, second, and third grade students are able to enroll in Friday art classes as a wonderful enrichment opportunity. Class size is limited and enrollment is open each semester.

  • Drama Classes: 12:10 - 3:10 PM - Beginning in pre-first grade students may enroll in Friday drama classes that teach young actors the basics of stage presence, how to participate as an audience member, performance techniques, and how to engage in a cast environment. Class size is limited and enrollment is open annually.

In addition, Perimeter Ballet (a ministry of Perimeter church) offers weekly classes that take place in the building after Perimeter School dismisses at 12:10 PM.


Wonder What your child will study?

Our son loves school and isn’t exhausted by it. He spends rich time with our family from noon on, and is eager to return the next day. It’s been the most unforeseen gift to all of us at this stage in life.
— Pope Family

Want to learn more about Lower elementary at Perimeter School? Please contact our team and speak with someone today.