Start Curious. Stay Curious.

Lower School is where Curiosity, Creativity and Confidence grow.

In Lower School, students learn to internalize, apply, and have a solid foundation and understanding of the PREP Values: Perseverance, Respect, Empathy, and Personal Integrity.

The Rutgers Prep Pre-k to 5th grade program provides a hands-on approach that brings learning to life. Our teachers create a specialized curriculum that broadens our students' scope of learning in the areas of S.T.E.A.M, world language, guidance and physical education . Students are able to engage with teachers, collaborate in groups and participate in integrated learning opportunities.

Our expert faculty, intimate class setting and individualized attention allows us get to know our students—their strengths, weaknesses, interests and dreams—and work as a team to provide what they need to achieve their goals.

It All Starts Here..

We realize that the first years of a child's academic life are crucial in establishing positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning. Beginning in Pre-Kindergarten we nurture the social adjustment and school skills of a young child. Fostering self-help, listening, organizational skills and developing a love for learning are goals of the program. These goals are met with the guidance of dedicated professionals who plan and provide innovative, high interest activities within an encouraging and caring environment.

The program, a thematic-based approach, encourages students to make choices in the classroom according to their interests. Students are offered small and large motor activities, book selections, pre-math and pre-reading instruction, music and dramatic play that encourage learning around a theme and a letter of the week. We are able to broaden the young student’s scope of instruction with teachers who specialize in the arts and physical education and who teach a wide range of ages.

Learning Through Leading

During their time in the Lower School, through responsibility at every level. Fifth Grade students are challenged to be role models for younger students and deepen their capacity for empathy and understanding of others, a key component of effective guidance. They also participate in a retreat at Stony Acres filled with physical, skilled verbal, and group dynamic challenges allowing students to become closer to one another and begin to cohere as a group.

Signature Programs

By the Grade

Upcoming Admission Events

Lower School Hosts STEAM Night
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The Lower School recently hosted a STEAM night for students and parents, offering a wide variety of activities centered around the five pillars of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

Read more about STEAM Night in the Lower School

Every student travels a unique road to success. It is our mission at Rutgers Prep to inspire students to discover and pursue their passions, embrace intellectual curiosity and creativity, and lead with confidence.