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Lower School

The Cape Henry Lower School program, Prekindergarten through Fifth Grade, is designed to stimulate learning through observation, discovery, and questioning.

The School works to stimulate independent thinking in each student while building a solid academic foundation. The primary goal of the Lower School is to instill a love of learning. The curriculum incorporates world language, science, music, media/library, physical education, and art with traditional core subjects. By enhancing social skills and a sense of responsibility toward others, Cape Henry strives to build honorable, well-adjusted members of the community. Throughout the Lower School, the needs and abilities of each child are addressed through age appropriate academic experiences. Children are encouraged to develop their own special talents and to become inquisitive, dependable, self-directed learners. The diverse student body brings together children of varying cultures, backgrounds, interests, talents, personalities, nationalities, and learning styles.


Minutes Per Week

Time devoted to the physical and mental wellness of our youngest students through P.E., guidance, and recess.


of Lower School Classes

100% of classes have a global focus to their curriculum.


Miles Travelled

Our Lower School students travel 2,795 miles annually via Nexus Global Studies programs.

Curriculum Overview and Expectations

Lower School Administration

Mrs. Leesa Hannah

Mrs. Leesa Hannah

Head of Lower School
H.B.Ed., Westminster College and University of Oxford
Dr. Shamaine Williams

Dr. Shamaine Williams

Assistant Head of Lower School; Director of ESDP
B.A., Norfolk State University
M.A., Norfolk State University
Ed.D, Northcentral University
Mrs. Amanda Hayes

Mrs. Amanda Hayes

Assistant Head of School for Academics; Head of Middle School
M.Ed., Florida Gulf Coast University
B.A., Dickinson College
Mrs. Gabrielle Kenison

Mrs. Gabrielle Kenison

Head of Academic Center
B.A., Virginia Wesleyan College
M.S., Radford University
B.S., Radford University
Ed.S., The George Washington University
Mrs. Taria Sutton

Mrs. Taria Sutton

Lower School Counselor
B.S., University of Nebraska - Omaha/Lincoln
M.S.W., Norfolk State University
Mrs. Katherine Gelwick

Mrs. Katherine Gelwick

Lower School Administrative Assistant
B.S., University of Colorado

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Building a Strong Foundation

Enriched early environments lay the groundwork for lifelong independent learning.