Students enter the Lower School in grade three, and they begin the journey of understanding who they are as learners and what it means to be a successful student at Fay. Students begin each day in homeroom groupings, which are created to support the learning and personal welfare of each child. Language arts and social studies learning takes place in homeroom classes, while students meet with specialists for mathematics, science, foreign language, music, art, physical education, and library. Students participate in a lively academic program that includes direct instruction, class discussions, investigations, and projects. Instructional routines and practices in grade three are aligned with the developmental, cognitive, and emotional strengths and needs of each particular group of third graders.