Lower School

The Henry Barnard School (HBS) is the lower school at PCD. HBS emphasizes a strong sense of community and teamwork. We promote innovative teaching styles and a diverse curriculum with a focus on hands-on learning and student engagement.
Collaboration among teachers is highly valued, allowing for a vertically aligned curriculum that ensures continuity and individualized support for students. The community at HBS is characterized by collaboration, celebration, and acceptance of differences, where students support and cheer for one another.

HBS capitalizes on students' individuality, utilizing their differences as strengths while providing a rigorous curriculum that integrates life experiences and diverse talents. HBS stands out from other schools due to its community-driven approach, where teachers work together in planning and every teacher knows each student by name, creating a family-like atmosphere.

Cultivating curiosity at HBS means celebrating individuality and fostering an environment where students explore, learn, and ask questions. When parents walk through the school, they notice the strong sense of community and the presence of teachers throughout the building, engaging with students and each other. HBS develops confident students who are academically prepared, curious, and compassionate individuals.

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  • 90

    Students enrolled at HBS
  • 14

    Faculty at HBS

HBS Faculty

Characteristics of HBS students

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  • Collaboration

    HBS students understand the value of teamwork and collaboration. They have experience working collaboratively with their peers and teachers, recognizing that collective efforts lead to greater achievements. They possess strong interpersonal skills and are effective communicators.
  • Academic Preparation

    HBS students are well-prepared academically. They have acquired a solid foundation of knowledge and skills across various subjects. They have been exposed to a rigorous curriculum that aligns with common core standards and have developed critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Confidence

    HBS students are confident individuals who have a strong belief in their abilities and a sense of self-assurance. They have developed a positive self-image and are comfortable expressing their thoughts and ideas.
  • Curiosity

    HBS fosters a culture of curiosity and encourages students to be inquisitive learners. Students have a thirst for knowledge and a desire to explore and learn more about the world around them. They approach new ideas and experiences with an open mind and a genuine interest in discovering and understanding.
  • Individuality

    HBS encourages students to embrace their individuality. They understand that their differences are strengths and contribute to the overall richness of the community.
  • Openness

    HBS values openness and celebrates diversity. Our students are taught to appreciate and respect differences among individuals. They exhibit an open-mindedness and acceptance of others, embracing diverse perspectives and experiences. They are willing to listen, learn, and collaborate with people from various walks of life.
  • Strong Sense of Community

    The sense of community is deeply ingrained in HBS. Students experience a supportive and close-knit community throughout their time at the school. They understand the importance of collaboration, teamwork, and building positive relationships.

Jessica A., Lower School Parent

PCD is a home. I feel a sense of security knowing my children have so much support from every person who works there. They are the best at creating community not only for the children but for the parents as well. The best choice I ever made was sending my son to PCD.