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.