Welcome to our
Lower & Middle School
We teach beyond. You see their success.
Pre-K – 4th Grade
Our unique curriculum is characterized by high expectations and designed to promote the development of students’ creative and critical-thinking skills in classrooms that are safe, supportive, and equitable. The interests of Lacordaire students are what define curriculum development: we meet the needs of each student at their level, allowing each child to succeed while being challenged and engaged. As a result, students show higher academic achievements and feel empowered to develop their gifts and talents.
Our average class size is 12 students to one teacher. No overcrowded classes here!
8th graders graduate at least 1 year ahead of their public-educated peers in Math & ELA.
We’ve been voted Essex County’s #1 private school for 6 consecutive years!
Our diverse student body is drawn from 47 different zip codes in NJ.
We rank in the top 4% of private schools NATIONALLY for our diverse student body.
8th graders are accepted into their top choice high schools, often with scholarships.
Mrs. Thornton’s Pre-K geography unit concludes with a live presentation on various African countries. Students engage in a live conversation in front of peers & parents on topics such as daily life, the meaning behind the colors of their countries’ flags, and natural resources & wildlife that their countries are known for.
Greek Emotion Masks
In a 6th grade Theatre elective, students created hand-painted emotion masks, inspired by the costumes of ancient Greece, for an avant-garde performance.
8th graders participate in a fetal pig dissection lab: a fundamental part of understanding anatomy, dissection allows students to see the internal structures of animals and observe the interrelation of tissues and organs in a hands-on setting.
Weather-permitting, teachers readily utilize our outdoor spaces: here, students in 2nd grade are asked to identify, describe, and draw objects in our garden boxes that coincide with assigned adjectives.