Upper Elementary

(Grade 4 and 5)

The students in Upper Elementary take an active role in their learning. An emphasis on Balanced Literacy assists students in further developing their language skills. They have opportunities to improve their reading, writing, and communication abilities through different comprehension strategies. These strategies help students become aware of the essential skills necessary to access and interpret information both within the classroom and the world outside. Numeracy is also a strong focus within this level. Students learn to understand math as a process rather than just an operation. Emphasis is placed on using different strategies, logic, and reasoning to solve problems. An inquiry-based learning approach is utilized throughout the various subjects with careful guidance given by the teachers. Through the inquiry process, students learn how to plan, retrieve, interpret and communicate their learning in unique ways. Through hands-on learning projects, guest speakers, and field trips in the community, students gain a better understanding of the relevance of their learning and make real-world connections. Throughout this level, the teachers aim to inspire self-directed, life-long learners that are able to think critically as caring, global citizens.

As a rule, student learning in core subjects is limited to 12 – 15 students. Homeroom class sizes will range from 24 – 30 students, however, these groups are divided into smaller learning groups for core subjects in order to better serve the learning needs of students.