Lower School

Lower School Academics

In the Lower School of Andrews Osborne Academy, your child’s cognitive, creative, social and physical abilities will develop and thrive in our loving, supportive, and warm environment. A safe, yet challenging learning environment is created through family involvement, collaboration, and intimate class settings where teachers get to know each student, how they learn, and what interests and motivates them.
Our academically challenging program addresses different learning styles while fostering critical thinking and developing problem solving skills. Our students acquire cognitive skills and learn to take risks, work cooperatively and make sound choices.

The classroom environment encourages self-reliance and independence. Students develop the confidence to approach new situations and challenges because teachers instill in them a sense of responsibility. Each child feels comfortable with learning while being challenged to progress to new levels.

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  • Before and After School Care

    An Early Care and After Care Program is provided for students in the Lower School. Middle School students who remain on campus after 3:30 p.m. and who are not in a supervised sport must also attend After School Care.

    Before Care is offered in the mornings from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and After Care is offered in the evenings from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

    • Before and After School Care can be used on a day-to-day, as needed basis.

    • In the mornings, students are supervised while playing in the After Care Classroom. At 8:00 a.m. they are escorted to their classrooms to begin their school day.

    • An after-school snack is provided as part of the registration fee.

    • After School Care includes outdoor play (weather permitting), indoor games, arts, crafts, gym time, homework time for those who want it, and other supervised fun activities.

    • The cost to participate in the Before/After School Program is $9.00 per hour. This fee is charged on a half-hour basis for time used.  A $40 registration fee is charged per school year. A $25 fee will be charged for late pick-ups. Accounts are billed monthly.

    • Upon parental request, After Care employees are available to escort students to any after school programming offered at both AOA and the Willoughby Fine Arts Center. 

    • For an Before/After Care Program registration form, please click HERE.

Lower School Virtual Tour

Robotics Throwdown

Integrated Approach & Curriculum

Our interdisciplinary and integrated approach offers students the opportunity to learn and access information using a variety of avenues. Whether it is hiking our 300-acre campus or participating in our unique public speaking program, which begins in pre-school and continues throughout Upper School, our Lower School students are gaining the foundation they need to succeed with confidence.

The core curriculum in the Lower School includes literature-based reading, language arts, writing, math, social studies, science, foreign language, physical education, music, visual arts, and technology instruction.

In Lower School, We Believe

  • All of our students, even our youngest students, can learn to listen and speak with purpose. 
  • All children can think creatively by nature, which we encourage through exploration, inquiry, problem-solving, and invention. 
  • Understanding the world, locally and globally, and learning to see it from various perspectives are at the heart of developing our students’ sense of themselves as global citizens, teaching them to think deeply and critically about the world around them.
Andrews Osborne Academy

Andrews Osborne Academy

38588 Mentor Avenue
Willoughby, Ohio 44094
Grades PK - 12, PG
P. (440) 942-3600
F. (440) 942-3660
Located In Willoughby, OH, Andrews Osborne Academy is a Private Co-ed Day & Boarding College Preparatory School For Pre-Kindergarten (ages 3 and 4) - 12, PG. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.