The goal of the Lower School health curriculum is to assist students in achieving optimal physical, mental, and social health. To reach this goal, the boys are taught good habits for their own health, the health of others, and the health of the environment. They learn to use this information to make decisions that result in appropriate health behaviors. Formal instruction in health occurs in Grade Two and focuses on the five senses, the four food groups, germs and how the body fights them, the importance of physical exercise, and safety with drugs and medications. Class discussion is encouraged and emphasis is placed on decision making.
Throughout the Lower School, social and emotional health begins with an emphasis on self-image and how to build a positive sense of self. Relationships are explored and students discuss how to interact cooperatively with family, friends, and teachers. Basic decision-making skills are investigated, along with conflict resolution and problem-solving skills. Individual units focusing on these skills are taught at each grade level as appropriate. Teaching tools such as storytelling, role play, and creative dramatics are used. Students are taught to understand different situations and to begin to make choices that are appropriate to various group dynamics.