The 5th grade program is a time of transition as our students ready to make the move from elementary to middle school. Students get the opportunity to participate in athletics along with the responsibility of continuing to develop their skills in writing, language arts, and mathematics. Students also experience learning based on themes that rotate depending on whether the school year begins on an even or odd year. For example, students in the A year might follow the overarching theme of change, while Students in the B year might look at the overarching theme of systems.
In addition to teaching content, we pay special attention to equipping students with the tools to become lifelong learners. Therefore, we actively teach students how to study. We ask them to set goals and analyze their progress in twice-yearly student-led conferences with parents and teachers, as well as in daily classroom activities. We value creativity and individual thought. And we encourage these maturing students to question what they see in order to make informed judgments.