Welcome to 5th and 6th Grade
The fifth and sixth grades support moving from concrete thinking into the abstract. Students build on the beginning research skills they have acquired, and apply them to long-term projects in science, language arts, and multi-cultural studies. The curriculum is inquiry-based, and Essential Questions are introduced throughout the students’ experience. Project-based learning, based on these questions, helps students become skilled and confident public speakers. In fifth and sixth grade, students participate in goal-setting and in parent-teacher conferences, a practice that continues in seventh and eighth grade. In fifth grade, students move away from the self-contained classroom of lower school, and have a departmentalized schedule.