Academics

Lower School

Distinctive Talents, Boundless Possibilities

Celebrated painter. Hockey player. Ivy League scholar. It's hard to tell what a Boys' Latin lower school student will become, but it's clear his future is full of boundless possibilities.

FROM THE HEAD OF THE LOWER SCHOOL

We do so much right as a school at Boys' Latin to ensure our students grow and mature from young children into confident young men. Stellar faculty. Expertise in all-boys education. But what speaks most directly to the "brothers for life" esprit de corps that is so much a part of life at Boys' Latin is our Little Laker Buddies initiative, where each kindergarten and pre-first student is assigned a fifth-grade buddy.
The program itself is simple. Buddies meet every Friday to get to know one another. What takes place as a result is something far more complex and wonderful.

Our fifth-grade boys rise to the occasion of being big brothers and start showing the leadership that's integral to their future BL experiences as middle and upper schoolers. Teachers see their personal transformations as they take seriously their responsibilities as role models to their little brothers. The younger boys, in turn, learn so much through these friendships, which for many is their first with an older peer.

Through exceptional programs like Little Laker Buddies, Boys' Latin builds in each of our students' confidence, leadership, and brotherly kindness.

Greg Schnitzlein, Head of the Lower School

PEDAGOGY AND CURRICULUM

Boys learn best by doing. Because of this, our pedagogy centers on hands-on experiential learning that appeals to different senses, involves action and movement, and produces tangible outcomes. Which is why in our lower school students raise trout to learn about ecosystems or search for acute and obtuse angles to photograph. And our lower school curriculum is equally thoughtful.
We ensure each student's mastery of foundational concepts in reading, language arts and mathematics by having two subject specialists collaborate with each classroom teacher, allowing for even smaller groups and individualized learning. We expect each student to learn how to read and do math at different times. It's all about knowing each student, advancing quickly with those who are ready while providing reinforcement for others.

Last but never least, character education is interwoven throughout all aspects of our curriculum. Each month students focus on a BL value such as honesty, compassion, or self-discipline. In short, as the program is named, we seek to guide our youngest students to "Live Like a Laker."

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The lower school at Boys' Latin offers a wide range of clubs to all Lower School students to enrich their educational experiences. Many of our clubs center around teaching boys the art and science of building.
Our LEGO club is a natural precursor to the school's well-known robotics club, which is open to students beginning in the fourth grade. In robotics, students work in pairs and with a faculty mentor to learn NXT programming, which is a prerequisite to designing, constructing and operating robots in the middle school.

If you visit our campus on a Friday club day, you might see the lawns campus transformed with tents and mini-forts and paper airplanes flying overhead. Or an epic battle among bionicle heroes, villains and monsters of all shapes and sizes made from discarded books. And watch out for the boys touring and navigating cross campus on their scooters as they learn how to accurately measure speed.

Lower school students start publishing early in their Boys' Latin careers with contributions of their stories, poems and artwork to our Southside Stories literary magazine. Fifth graders are responsible for The Inkspot, the lower school's newspaper publication.

Recognizing that boys love to perform, there are ample opportunities for them to be in front of an audience. While music is taught throughout the lower school curriculum, instrumental lessons are offered to students. Beginning in the the fourth grade, students can participate in the lower school band. Future Academy Award winners can sign up to join the lower school role play club. Students who see life with a more humorous twist can join our stand-up comedy troupe. Through these clubs, our boys start to get a feel for developing their presentation styles, attending to their audience, and learning about dramatic timing - all while having fun.

Because we see leadership opportunities as an integral part of a strong all-boys education, we open student council positions to those in the third grade and up. Just recently, the lower school student council organized and ran a toy drive for the Gilchrist Center - a local hospice facility. The boys raised funds and collected donations to outfit the center's toy room for visiting children who would visit while a loved one is under care.

List of 22 items.

  • Band

  • Bingo

  • Bionicle Building

  • Celtic Coloring

  • Chess

  • Clay

  • Comedy Club

  • Creative Solutions

  • Cup Stacking

  • Drama Club

  • Fort Building

  • Inkspot Student Newspaper

  • Laker Buddies

  • LEGO Club

  • Monster Books

  • Paper Airplanes

  • Robotics

  • Role Play

  • Scooter Club

  • Southside Stories Literary Magazine

  • Stand-Up Comedy Troupe

  • Student Council

Lower School Faculty

List of 29 items.

  • Joyce S. Barnett

    Lower School Administrative Assistant
    B.A., Converse College
  • Sean Barney

    Lower School Fourth Grade
    M.A., Loyola University
    B.S., Penn State
  • Brooke Berman

    Lower School Reading, Fifth Grade Mathematics & Social Studies
    B.A., Franklin and Marshall College
    M.Ed., Wilmington University
    G.C.P., Johns Hopkins University
  • Sarah Clark

    Lower School Third Grade
    M.S., Bank Street College of Education
    B.A., Principia College
  • Lauren DeVries

    Lower School Fourth Grade
    B.S., Stevenson University
    M.A.T., Goucher College
  • Terri F. Floccare

    Lower School Librarian, Special Area Department Chair
    B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College
    M.S., The Johns Hopkins University
  • Shirelle Flowers

    Lower School Counselor
    B.A., University of Buffalo
    M.S.W., University of Buffalo
  • Amy Hale

    Lower School Nurse
    B.S.N, Stevenson University
  • Pamela Hamm

    Lower School Technology Coordinator
    M.Ed., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Middle Secondary Instruction)
    M.Ed., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Educational Psychology)
    B.S., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Ruth Hurley

    Lower School Third Grade
    B.S., Clemson University
    M.A., Towson University
  • Ann Jung

    Lower School Second Grade, Primary Grades Department Chair
    B.S., University of Delaware
    M.Ed., Goucher College
  • Ginna Kelly

    Lower School Fifth Grade
    M.Ed., Loyola University
    B.A., University of Delaware
  • Stephanie M. Lange

    Lower School Fifth Grade, Intermediate Grades Department Chair
    B.A., Loyola University Maryland
    M.S., Johns Hopkins University
  • Kate Lynch

    Lower School Reading Specialist
    B.A., Mount Saint Mary's University
    M.S., Loyola University Maryland

  • Janet Maisel

    Library Assistant for Lower, Middle and Upper Schools
    B.S., University of Maryland, College Park
  • Shara Manning

    Lower School First Grade
    B.S., Syracuse University
    M.S., Loyola University Maryland
    Orton-Gillingham trained
  • Elizabeth McClung

    Lower School Second Grade
    B.A., Marymount University
    M.Ed., University of Virginia
  • Stephanie T. McKew

    Lower School Learning Specialist, Fifth Grade Reading/Language Arts
    B.A., Loyola University of Maryland
    M.Ed., Loyola University of Maryland
  • Sarah Mogliazzi

    Lower School Art
    B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
    MAT., Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Doug Nicholas

    Lower School Physical Education
    B.A., Gettysburg College
    M.A., University of Delaware
  • Kimberlee Pierce

    Lower School Reading Specialist
    B.A., Loyola University Maryland
    M.S., McDaniel College
  • Donald L. Rickels

    Lower School Physical Education
    B.S., West Chester University
  • Aaron D. Sloboda

    Lower School Science
    B.A., Skidmore College
    M.S., Jones International University
  • Susan Schindler

    Lower School Kindergarten
    BFA, Syracuse University
    MAT, Goucher College
  • Greg Schnitzlein

    Head of Lower School
    B.S., Bradley University
    M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland
  • Patrick Shepherd

    Lower School Second Grade & Varsity Ice Hockey Head Coach
    M.Ed., Loyola University
    B.A, Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Barbara H. Starkey

    Lower School Pre-first Grade
    B.S., University of Maryland
    M.Ed., Towson University
  • Elizabeth A. Wilson

    Lower School Music
    B.M., Western Michigan University
    M.S., Towson University
    Dalcroze, Orff Kodaly Certificate, Towson University
    M.M. Equivalency, Peabody Conservatory
     
  • Elisa Windsor

    Lower School Spanish
    B.A, St. Mary's College of Maryland

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES

Students do not learn how to read and write, nor master math concepts, at the same rate and in the same way. To ensure all our students reach their full academic potential, Boys' Latin provides educational support services as needed, including setting up formal education plans.
Our learning specialists - all experts in current pedagogy and boy-learning strategies - work side-by-side with classroom teachers in developing and implementing curriculum and strategies that allow for multiple learning levels and learning styles. They also conduct classroom observations to provide another perspective on students' needs as well as their progress, all focused on teaching to each student's strengths.

For more information, contact Stephanie McKew, the lower school learning specialist: smckew@boyslatinmd.com; 410-377-5192 ext. 1126.

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Founded in 1844, Boys’ Latin School of Maryland is an all-boys private school serving boys in grades K-12. World-class faculty, challenging academics, and character development remain the hallmarks of a Boys’ Latin education. We equip young men with 21st-century skills; that is why we actively teach critical thinking, collaboration, leadership, problem-solving, integrity, and compassion. The outcomes speak for themselves: Boys’ Latin graduates attend top colleges and universities and are prepared for the real world and ready to make a difference.
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