Distinctive Programs

Biography Day

3rd graders participate in a biography project that touches on reading, research skills, and public speaking.


Each year, fifth-grade students participate in Waterstep’s Shoes for Water program. This compassionate program provides hands-on opportunities for fifth-grade students to collect, organize, and deliver shoes while also learning about the economics and the science of clean water.

Camp Piomingo

Each fall, the 5th grade team spends two days at Camp Piomingo in Otter Creek Park participating in group activities designed to build relationships and leadership skills. They hike to beautiful overlooks of the Ohio River, zip line, shoot archery in the archery range, climb up the high ropes course, slide through the pipeline slide and sing songs and tell stories over a crackling campfire.

Kindergarten and 5th Grade Buddy Program

Each Kindergarten student gets paired with a 5th grader who serves as their “buddy” for the year. Events and opportunities for them to interact throughout the school year are planned.

Week at the Zoo

One of the highlights of fourth grade is our “School at the Zoo” week. Each day, our students attend school at the Louisville Zoo where they experience minds-on, hands-on learning of a different ecosystem throughout the week. Our teachers collaborate with zoo instructors to create an amazing cross-curricular program filled with education and fun!

Cornerstone Classes

In the Lower School, the Cornerstones curriculum provides direct instruction around a developmentally appropriate set of social emotional skills creating a foundation on which students build academic achievements while instilling qualities that students will use at Collegiate and beyond.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is an enrichment reading program encouraging fourth and fifth graders to read as much as possible. Students are given a list of books to read independently over the course of the year. At the end of the year, each student participates in a multi-age team during a “game show” format competition. The friendly, but competitive competition is one of the year’s highlights.


The lower school robotics program serves as an introduction to the school’s computer science program that continues through upper school. The program offers fourth and fifth grade students the opportunity to create complex gadgets using the newest Lego devices. The collaboration between science and technology has been a central part of the lower school for twenty years.

First-grade and senior buddy program

The Senior Buddy Program is a much loved Collegiate tradition that allows 1st graders and seniors to step out of their daily routines and enjoy a year of fun and friendship. Seniors and their first grade buddies participate in monthly activities all year long, including bowling, ice skating, and community service, all the way to Graduation.