By 4th or 5th grade, your child will have achieved a level of competence in reading, writing, and math skills that are now consolidated and expanded.

This is a time of moving from concrete thinking into the abstract. Students build on the early research skills they have acquired, and apply them to long-term projects in science, language arts, and multi-cultural studies. The curriculum continues to be discovery-based. Students learn keyboarding at this time, and final projects are often done on a word processor. Major projects are shared with parents in large-group presentations, helping students become skilled and confident public speakers. At this level, students participate in goal-setting and in parent-teacher conferences.