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Lower School

Lower School Students with Teacher

A Joyful Place for Grades K-4

In Lower School, we nurture each child’s intellectual, creative, moral, emotional, and physical growth on an individual level. It is a joyful place, inspiring not only lifelong learning but also character, scholarship, and service. Through a dynamic curriculum that values learning through inquiry, students master foundational skills balanced with critical thinking and problem solving.

Elevated Education Begins

Education Elevated

The elevated educational experience at BGA begins with our youngest learners. Behind these historic doors on the outskirts of downtown Franklin, kindergarten through fourth graders thrive in a vibrant educational environment. Character education is central to our program, as we believe in the importance of raising moral citizens as well as teaching able scholars.

Dynamic Curriculum

The Lower School offers a dynamic curriculum that values learning through inquiry, emphasizing mastery of foundational skills balanced with critical thinking and problem solving required in the 21st century. We recognize that every child learns differently, and teachers work in partnership with parents to help each child succeed. Co-curricular classes enrich our core curriculum in a design that truly develops the whole child.

Community and Character

While our academic programs establish a solid foundation for our college preparatory curriculum, it is our school community and our emphasis on character and service that truly set us apart from other schools. Each child is valued as a member of our community, and faculty and staff members know each child by name. We hold high expectations for student learning and behavior, and teachers work together to prepare our children for the Middle School and beyond.

Parental Support

Parental support is vital to our school community. A healthy partnership between school and home fosters a child’s success in school. We offer numerous opportunities for parents to participate, and we welcome family involvement.

A Team Approach to Nurturing

We assume a team approach to nurturing each child’s intellectual, creative, moral, and physical growth.

The Lower School inspires a community of learners to begin a lifelong journey of scholarship and service. Come visit us, and you’ll feel the difference. Your child’s success starts here, at Battle Ground Academy’s Lower School.

Lower School Leadership

Rhonda Bennett

Rhonda Bennett

Head of Lower School
Ashley Pratt

Ashley Pratt

Assistant Lower School Head and Lower School Academic Dean
Charlotte Scholl

Charlotte Scholl

Lower School Dean of Students and Counselor

Lower School Administrative Team

Sallie Cole

Sallie Cole

Lower School Nurse and Office Assistant
Monica Frazier

Monica Frazier

Director of After School Programs, Lower School DEI Coordinator, Spanish Teacher
Suzanne Hayes

Suzanne Hayes

Lower School Learning Strategist and Learning Services Coordinator
Kristan Pridgen

Kristan Pridgen

Administrative Assistant to Head of Lower School