Lower School at CBA is relational and engaging. We focus on relationships before the school year begins with teacher home visits and a Kindergarten open house. This emphasis continues with Community Circle in the classroom, mentoring between older and younger students through Bobcat Buddies, and collaborative work with peers.
Each of these fosters a nurturing environment for learning. Teachers engage students through hands-on experiences—connecting national standards with real-world applications. Learning like this is meaningful and fun.
Kindergarden Field Study
Kindergarten learns about forces and motion. To bring the concept of friction to life, students take a field study to Cool Sports in Knoxville to test how the same objects move on turf vs. ice.
2nd Grade Learns Interdependence
They raise trout in their classroom—watching them grow and learning how to care for them. Then, once they are big enough, the students release their trout into the Little River to help repopulation.
3rd Grade Uses A 3D Printer
In Technology class, third grade learns how to use software to make 3D-printed molds for their very own chocolate bar design.
5th Grade History
Fifth grade learns how other people’s way of life was different from their own. They have an immersion day to take them back to the 1850s where they make corn husk dolls, churn butter, and do wood burning.
Lower School Principal
Lower School Counselor
“Our experience so far has actually exceeded our expectations. Our daughter feels completely at home and loves school and it is obvious that her teachers already ‘get’ her and care so much about her. We really love how welcoming everyone is in the morning and it is so wonderful that the school principals greet the students every morning.”
Another way we make learning more meaningful is through presentations. When students present their learning, it provides another way to reinforce what they’ve learned. When you walk into a classroom at CBA, a student ambassador will greet you and give an impromptu presentation on what they’re learning. Students also make presentations to the whole school each quarter at Family Gathering. These experiences help students learn more, build leadership skills, and become confident public speakers.