Lower School Academic Program

The NDAA Lower School division serves our 4-year-olds through 6th grade student population.  The Lower School faculty creates a nurturing environment where where students and faculty form a mutual relationship of trust and respect.  While the school year includes many fun in-class and extracurricular activities, the time spent on campus primarily focuses on academic growth through holistic development of mental, physical, social, and spiritual health through our Kinder Literacy Program and our Elementary School Program.

Kinder Literacy Program

The NDAA Kinder Literacy Program is divided into three levels:

  • Early Literacy (must be 4 years old by September 1st)
  • Reading Readiness (must be 5 years old by September 1st)
  • Accelerated Reader (must be 5 years old by September 1st)

Every student entering the program will be assessed to determine their appropriate placement level.  This ensures that every student will be learning at their own level and thus maximizing their learning experience.  

Elementary School Program

The NDAA Elementary School Program is home to classes with highly passionate, well-qualified, experienced teachers.  In addition to solid academic curriculum, our Kindergarten through 5th grade students participate in physical instruction (PE), music education, and robotics throughout the academic week.

Lower School Faculty

 staffJoice Cain, B.S.
K4/K5 Teacher
 staff Vanessa Bocanegra, B.S.
K5/1st Grade Teacher
 staff Danette Gamero, B.A. 
2nd Grade Teacher
 staff Anais Reno, M.Ed.
3rd/4th Grade Teacher
staffYvette Akar
5th/6th Grade Teacher
staffCynthia Camacho
Beginning Orchestra Director
 staff Kevin Dobson, Ph.D.
Robotics Teacher
 staff Héctor Flores, M.Mus.
Band Director, Music Teacher
 staff Stephan Gray, M.Ed.
STEAM Lab Teacher
 staff Francis Nicholas, B.S.
Athletic Director, P.E. Teacher

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