The Intermountain West’s First and Finest Independent School
We inspire students to lead ethical and productive lives through a college preparatory program that promotes the pursuit of academic and personal excellence.

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Ethical Education in the Beginning School

Teaching and learning about being self-directed, interacting respectfully with others, and other social skills starts in the Beginning School.


Students learn to be self-directed. They learn, care, and gain respect for self, family, classroom, community, and environment. They develop positive self-images, which promote successful interactions with peers and adults in both large and small groups; take initiative; complete tasks in a manner which instills pride in one’s accomplishments; and develop independence and responsibility for making appropriate choices.

Interaction with Others

Beginning School students learn about respect and empathy for others while developing cooperation, collaboration, and sharing skills. They begin to express and understand feelings of self and others, strengthen cooperation, and work on collaboration skills. The faculty and students work together to create classrooms with a sense of community, while emphasizing friendship building and cooperative learning.


Students develop interpersonal skills to help them problem solve. Faculty and staff introduce the Second Step social skills curriculum. Students become acquainted with developing empathy, self-control, and strategies for managing intense feelings.

Being Responsible

Our young students grow as members of their new school community, learning what it means to be responsible for one’s own belongings, cubby space, and classrooms.

Being a Buddy

Beginning schoolers learn to support each other through respectful behavior and benefit from the seasoned advice and special friendship of a Lower School “buddy.”

Service Learning

In the Beginning School, our youngest students experience being a valued member of a community and contributing to the classroom. They learn to take care of the people and things they value in the classroom and the school. They discuss and identify needs of the school community and act on those needs with special projects.

Community-Engagement Project

The yearly community-engagement project provides children and their parents the opportunity to make greeting cards for the Salt Lake County Meals on Wheels program.


The Beginning School’s service-learning activities that focus on responsibility and community membership are supported and supplemented by the chapel program. Each trimester, our director of ethical education and support counselors vist 4PreK students in their classrooms. Kindergarteners learn about diverse faiths and celebrations in St. Margaret’s Chapel, the spiritual heart of the McCarthey Campus.

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You Belong at Rowland Hall


720 South Guardsman Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
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