PreSchool: Age 3, by September 1
PreKindergarten: Age 4, by September 1
Kindergarten: Age 5, by September 1

“Magic exists…”
“The tooth fairy really leaves a quarter under your pillow…”
“In this world, I can do anything I set my mind to do, and be anyone I decide I want to be…”

These are the voices of our youngest students; our early childhood boys and girls. And we LOVE to hear those voices.

Your son or daughter has amazing natural curiosity. They want to discover, build, run, and share. They want to know “why things are the way they are?” At SMCDS, we harness that energy amidst a daily schedule of discovering, playing, sharing, and all the while, learning.
Through a seamlessly constant series of intentional instruction, modeling, exploration, and inquiry, SMCDS faculty immerse your child in a world where they develop their I.Q. as much as they develop their E.Q.  With a gentle hand, SMCDS teachers guide and captivate, inspire, and nurture your child to begin on the path of discovering who they are and who they will be.

When looking for an extraordinary Early Childhood program for your child, ask yourself:

  • How is the school day and week crafted to guide my child to learn, discover, and explore within the intentional scope and sequence of academic skills and content reaching up towards elementary and middle school expectations?
  • What is the caliber of the programming in Music, Science Movement, Art, Physical Education, and World Language?
  • Where does my child get to explore and discover as an individual in their school day?
  • Where does my child learn the value of being in, and the skills to be a part of, a group during the school day
  • What can I expect from the teachers with regards to daily communication about my child and their experience at school each day?
  • How will I be a part of my child’s school experience, while fostering my son or daughter’s independence at this, the first and most fundamental, stages of my child’s school years?

Our Early Childhood program is truly magical. We invite you to call or email to make an appointment and to see for yourself our teachers and students in action.


Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4

Students in Grade 1 through Grade 4 participate in a wide range of daily routines and periodic classroom projects focused on gaining confidence in core studies of reading, writing, and mathematics. Class size rarely exceeds 12 students.

In 2012, the faculty completed an extensive study of elementary school math programs culminating in the introduction of Singapore Math to the Lower School curriculum. The program demands extensive, ongoing training for both teachers and parents and its success has been undeniable. Similar efforts have been and continue to be explored in all curricular areas.
Students in our Lower School receive specialist instruction in music, art, physical education, library, French, technology, drama, and science. All of the Lower School classrooms participate in project based instruction units with important opportunities to present their research and design results to public audiences.

Class projects provide important opportunities for students to explore personal leadership skills and to expand on the skills they explore in academic studies. It is not unusual to see a confident Lower School student lecturing a group of parents and community members on the intricacies of a recently completed classroom project.

COVID 19 update — our campus is closed but #SMSstaysconnected!

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID 19 in our SMS community. As Head of School Jim Heus wrote in a letter home to parents:

“In keeping with our nation’s efforts to maintain social distancing, and consistent with Governor Raimondo’s two-week suspension of public schools throughout the state, we will launch our plan for distance learning. We have planned, rehearsed and are ready to execute ‘virtual’ instruction on Monday, March 30th.”

Please CLICK HERE for FAQs on COVID 19 and distance learning.