Lower School Academics

University School of Milwaukee sets high academic standards in its Lower School curriculum. The integration of art, music, dance, world languages, physical education, and library skills with core subjects provides students with broad experiences, building and educational foundation for a lifetime of growth as learners, leaders, and citizens. Our innovative teachers have the flexibility to focus on each student’s learning style, encouraging them to become creative thinkers and problem solvers. As they work with their students, they are creating more engaged learners and preparing them for the additional academic rigor that awaits them in Middle School.

An overview of each academic subject is provided below. For more information about skills and outcomes in each area by grade level, please see the kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, or 4th grade pages.

Academic Resource Center

The Lower School Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a fee-for-service program that provides support for students with specific academic needs. Our specially trained ARC faculty provide instructional interventions to students in kindergarten through 4th grade as a supplement and support for the grade level curriculum already in place. This instruction provides child-specific, one-on-one support in the areas of reading, writing, and math that will help students become more confident learners. We use a structured literacy approach to implement explicit, systematic, and multi-sensory instructional techniques. These individual lessons provide the opportunity for repeated practice, guidance, and immediate feedback. We also obtain frequent feedback from classroom teachers on current skills being taught and work closely with them to ensure that our students receive the support they need to be successful in the classroom.