The lower school at JH Classical Academy builds habits of learning in students. Students are inspired with a sense of wonder and imagination in all disciplines. Every subject uses memorization to fill the curious young minds with the information that they crave. Students leave the lower school as they begin to enter the logic stage and think logically.
Students K-5 use Singapore Math and acquire mathematical concepts inductively. They also memorize math facts. Over the course of the program, students progress from concrete representations of mathematical facts using manipulatives, pictorial representations, and abstract mathematical facts. Students end their lower school math with a consumer math and informal logic course.
The language arts curriculum focuses on phonics, handwriting, and spelling. As students build these skills, they learn grammar and writing. Students begin with short summaries; by the end of the lower school program, students write narrative essays and short analysis paragraphs on the course reading. A significant portion of the curriculum focuses on poetry memorization. One class per week performs a poem for the whole school.
Students begin scientific study at JH Classical Academy with nature studies. They observe plants, animals, insects, and rocks closely and then record their observations with sketches and written notes. As these young students gain an awareness of the world around them, they also begin to memorize science facts. Moving into the end of the lower school, students complete more formal, guided experiments and lecture-based instruction alongside inquiry-based learning.
Music and art are an integral part of the curriculum at JH Classical Academy. The music curriculum teaches theory, voice practice, and music history. Art classes teach art history and a broad range of media. Students are able to participate in physical education three days per week, developing key motor skills and sportsmanship. Twice per week students learn the rules, tactics, and strategy of chess. Students begin learning Latin through immersive conversation in 2nd-4th grades. Beginning in 5th grade, students begin to learn paradigms and more "formal" Latin grammar.