Lower School Philosophy
The Lower School is comprised of Early Childhood (Nursery-Kindergarten) and Elementary (1st-5th grades). It enables students to discover emerging capabilities, celebrate accomplishments, and develop confidence and self-esteem. We have created a stimulating and safe learning environment where students are given opportunities to test new skills, take risks, and learn to deal with failure as well as success.
We teach young students about our diverse world by focusing on a variety of cultures and perspectives applied to real-world situations. The curriculum is designed to let students grow emotionally, socially, spiritually and academically. They learn problem solving and critical thinking through class discussions, small-group projects, and cooperative learning groups. At the same time, we acknowledge and respect each student's individuality and developmental pace. By combining multiple educational strategies with students' interests, our learners become active participants in the education process.
With Islam at the foundation, our students learn not only the basic tenets of faith but the practical application of their values as the progress into successful, young Muslim citizens of the world.
Pillars Preparatory Academy has developed an educational philosophy that differentiates itself from other Islamic Schools. We believe that all learning, whether secular or spiritual, must have practical applications for students to embody knowledge and skills.
- Lessons that develop critical thinking skills through “Inquiry – Action – Reflection”
- Lessons that build self-awareness while understanding their place in society and the world
- Second and third language acquisition
- Motivation and excellence through taqwa
- Emphasis on character education and the importance of our Muslim identity
- Service and advocacy seen as religious duties
- Connecting Islamic principles and “secular” knowledge in meaningful and productive ways
- Teaching Quran for understanding and application as well as memorization
- Teaching Quran utilizing traditional and nontraditional methods to engage students, and meet their individual abilities
- Teaching Islamic Studies through traditional means such as seerah and stories from the Quran while teaching students how to navigate as a Muslim in today’s society
- Teaching according to nationally recognized standards for Quran and Islamic Studies
21st CENTURY SKILLS
- The Critical C’s of Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication are emphasized through collaborative learning and interdisciplinary activities
- STEAM initiative where students engage in exploratory activities with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics at their core
- Lessons developing life and career skills
- Fostering responsible use of information, media, and technology
- Skills for lifelong learning, innovation, and time management