Lower School

Valwood’s Lower School is where a love of learning begins. It is a community where children develop a life-long love of learning as they build their self-esteem and cultivate their talents; a place where students are provided an atmosphere conducive to learning in a stimulating and nurturing environment. The lower school includes Pre-K through fifth grades.

Lower School faculty brings the student’s world into the classroom, creating excitement by filling their home-away-from-home with adventure and challenge. We strive to instill in our students the desire to perform to their fullest potential and to develop in them that thirst for knowledge which leads to success and fulfillment.

Each grade presents a class play where everyone participates and has a mini-public speaking experience that will serve them well as they mature. Lower school students also experience cross-grade interactions, when students from the upper and middle schools come and read to them or spend time in their classrooms.

In the Lower School, we believe in celebrating childhood and all of the moments that make it so special.


Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills play a prominent role in our rigorous curriculum. Additionally, your child will have classes in choral and instrumental music, art, science, Spanish, technology, and library which are incorporated into our core curriculum.


See our Curriculum by Grade

Lower School Lunch and Dismissal Times

Lower School Dismissal Times

Pre – K (Half Day)12:00 PM
Pre – K (Full Day)2:20 PM
Kindergarten2:35 PM
1st Grade2:40 PM
2nd Grade2:45 PM
3rd Grade2:50 PM
4th Grade2:55 PM
5th Grade3:00 PM


Lower School Half-Day Dismissal Times

Pre-K11:20 AM
Kindergarten11:35 AM
1st Grade11:40 AM
2nd Grade11:45 AM
3rd Grade11:50 AM
4th Grade11:55 AM
5th Grade12:00 PM


Lower School Lunch Times

Kindergarten – Bahnsen10:55 AM – 11:25 AM
Kindergarten – Minson11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
1st Grade – Burnett11:05 AM – 11:35 AM
1st Grade – Register11:10 AM – 11:40 AM
2nd Grade – Both Classes11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
3rd Grade – Turner11:20 AM – 11:50 PM
3rd Grade – Perry11:25 AM – 11:55 PM
4th Grade – Crump11:40 AM – 12:10 PM
4th Grade – Nijem11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
5th Grade – Lewis11:50 AM – 12:20 PM
5th Grade – Taylor11:55 AM – 12:25 PM
Pre-K – Both Classes
12:00 – 12:30 PM

Extended Day and Homework Hour

Extended Day is for pre-K through fifth grade families who need child care after the regular school day ends. It lasts until 5:30 p.m. Pre-K para-pro Natasha Shaw will oversee Extended Day. During Extended Day, students are given a snack, get outdoor play time, have time to work on homework and have the option to participate in special area classes led by those teachers – Library, Art, or Spanish. Extended Day is not available on school holidays or days when the entire school dismisses at Noon. Please contact Natasha Shaw with any questions. PARENTS: Please register on-line by logging into your FACTS Family Account (District Code: VW-GA) > School > Web Forms > Extended Day & Homework Hour (Lower School) > Extended Day Program Enrollment.

Homework Hour is held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday* for one hour past their regular dismissal time for 1st through 5th grades depending on interest. Students work independently and may also get assistance when needed.

*When Monday is a holiday Homework Hour is held on Tuesday and Wednesday only.* Please contact Sherri Kirbo with any questions.

See for Yourself

We invite you to explore Valwood through our website, but the best way to learn more about our school’s mission and approach is to visit us. We hold admissions coffee-and-tour sessions monthly where you will learn about our curriculum and extracurricular programs, and you will also be able to see first-hand our beautifully designed, state-of-the-art facilities.

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