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The Pike School
Andover, Massachusetts
An independent, coed, day school
for grades pre-kindergarten through nine

Lower School (PreK - 2)



The Lower School years are years of exploration and learning.  Through hands-on experiences, children are afforded the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Children work in small groups and receive individual attention on a daily basis. For much of the day, the children are immersed in theme-based learning in which topics are integrated across subject areas. Because much of the curriculum is interdisciplinary, the classroom teachers plan their activities in consultation with the specialists to ensure continuity. Field trips and performances by artists, musicians, dance and theatre groups further enrich the Lower School program.

A Day in the Life of Lower School

Take a peek into any Pike classroom, and delight in the creativity of lessons, intensity of discussions, depth of thought, interconnection of ideas, level of energy, and excitement of learning. Welcome to a day in the life of The Pike Lower School.  


Grade 1: "Eyes on Owls"

Marcia and Mark Wilson run EYES ON OWLS as an educational enterprise that brings wild owls to schools to teach students about our wild neighbors and their habitats. They have been visiting Pike first graders each year since 1996. After a slide presentation of extraordinary owl photographs by Mark, Marcia and Mark introduced to groups of first graders to seven of their live companions: two screech owls, a barred owl, a barn owl, a great horned owl, a snowy owl, and a Eurasian eagle owl. All but the last are native to North America and can be found in our immediate area during at least some parts of the year. Students learned about the owls' habits and habitat, their physical features, and their calls. The Wilsons' objective is to rehabilitate injured owls and return them to the wild. Many, however, can never be released, as their injuries preclude a full recovery. Some of those become regulars in their live presentations. In the photos below, you will notice, for example, that the barred owl has a damaged wing, and the great horned owl has lost an eye.

The Pike School  34 Sunset Rock Road  Andover, Massachusetts  01810  978-475-1197
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