Lori Underwood

Letter from the Principal

Welcome to Lower School! Harding Academy is filled with passionate teachers and administrators whose mission is to instruct, mentor, love, and nurture children. We are blessed to have the opportunity to partner with parents in their children’s educational journey. We know that a child’s first years of school are vitally important in creating a solid spiritual, social, and academic foundation.

God has gifted young children with strong, flexible minds that are uniquely equipped to develop rapidly through learning experiences that allow them to explore, question, and collaborate. In the lower school, we want to teach children to love learning, to be willing to take on challenges and solve problems, and to be confident in their faith in God in all circumstances. These goals are accomplished by providing children with a variety of instructional and experiential learning opportunities including direct instruction, project-based learning, choice-based experiences, collaborative learning, small group instruction, differentiated lessons, and individual instructional support.

We believe that God has blessed each child with unique talents and challenges. Therefore, it is invaluable to give children opportunities to develop a better understanding of themselves as learners. The lower school offers specialty classes that are designed to expose children to a variety of experiences including foreign language, physical fitness, fine arts, scientific investigations, and literary learning opportunities. Through these explorations, children discover their strengths, work through challenges, and develop personal interests that last a lifetime.

At Harding Academy, we are dedicated to providing children with a safe, fun, and engaging learning environment. We believe that building a strong community of parents, students, teachers, and administrators is the key to continuously improving our school. We look forward to developing relationships with you as we work together to promote your child’s success to the glory of God. If you would like to learn more about our school, please email me.

Sincerely, Lori Underwood (‘91) Lower School Principal