"Young children respond to gestures and movement before they react to the spoken word. They understand and explore sound before they learn to speak. They draw pictures before they form letters. They dance and act out stories before they learn to read."

Lucy School offers a creative and challenging program: Kindergarten through Middle School

Our arts-based primary curriculum is designed to provide the power, challenges, stimulation, and creative problem solving inherent in the creative process. This multisensory approach celebrates individual learning differences – nurturing all of the intelligences: linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.


Arts-Based Education. Our approach draws on the emotional, social and sensory dimensions of the arts to engage students, encourage critical thinking and influence development and learning across the curriculum. At Lucy School, the arts are an interdisciplinary partner with other subjects, and help orchestrate higher order thinking through creative problem solving.

Our curriculum is guided by the Maryland Content Standards of the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum that specifies what students should know and be able to do in four core content areas: English/language arts, math, science, and social studies. These standards provide a framework to help us determine teaching and learning priorities and to guide the design of our emergent curriculum, project choices, and related assessment.

A Project Approach. Teachers use “hands on” projects to guide children through in-depth studies of real world topics. The Project Approach is well suited to arts-based curricula. Both encourage a relationship between teacher and student that embraces the innate curiosity and rich potential of each child. Children are actively involved in their own learning, and generally produce work of a high quality.

Evaluation. Lucy School’s curriculum integrates evaluation of the children’s work and of the program on an ongoing basis. This process incorporates extensive documentation of children’s work including individual student portfolios, weekly review and planning meetings with teachers and artists, and an assessment of learning objectives conducted by the teacher three times annually.


It is our belief that through this innovative curriculum and teaching methodology, through parent involvement and community outreach, children will leave Lucy School’s Primary Program enlivened, with a lifelong love for learning, and a deep awareness of themselves and their relationship to family, the environment, the outside community and the world.

 If you are interested in information about enrolling, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-293-1163.



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