Welcome to the Lower School

St. Christopher’s understands that boys need to be actively engaged in their learning. For an experience to have impact, boys must use information in real and meaningful ways. Physical activity and movement enhance all learning opportunities.

In Lower School science, for example, students studying Newton’s Laws of Motion work collaboratively in groups to measure how high balls bounce from various heights. Kindergarten classes use pumpkins to integrate learning of math, science, and reading. Students learn Voicethread to read out loud and listen to fluency. Through Skype, Spanish classes engage in conversations with students and teachers at a school in Mexico.

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Head of Lower School Benita Griffin

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  • Click here to learn more about Benita Griffin.

    • HOMETOWN: Laurens, South Carolina
    • EDUCATION: Hunter College, B.A. in English; University of Massachusetts, MEd
    • PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE: Assistant Head/Lower School Director; Teaching and Learning Coordinator; Head of Lower School; Taught Grades 1-5
    • PASSION: Hiking. Ms. Griffin has hiked in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Mt. Hood National Forest, Red Rock in Nevada, Roxbury State Park in Colorado and more. She is excited to add Virginia trails to her hiking experiences.
    • FUN FACT: She has swum alongside manatees off the coast of Naples, Florida as beachgoers were yelling, “Get out of the water, sharks!”


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