Intermediate Grades 4/5
The intermediate grades program attempts to bring students to a more structured approach to learning. Students are taught to become more responsible for their learning through an increased emphasis on home study and practice. Students are transitioning from primary school and learning to work independently while the principles of Responsive Classroom continue to be used to strengthen social skills development.
- Writing becomes a focus, with students doing both free journaling and synopsis work.
- Novels are used to guide reading practice and develop comprehension.
- The fourth grade students read Holes, The Secret Garden, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Loser, and The Miracle Worker.
- The fifth grade students read Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and Watership Down.
- Strong emphasis is placed on math skills and concept development.
- Regional history and geography are the focus of fourth grade, while early American history is taught in fifth grade using a thematic approach.
- At this level, students focus on the physical sciences, space, and plant and animal life.
- Students learn the art of African and Latin drumming in their music class and have a formal art class once a week.
- Spanish instruction is provided twice a week.
Students have a formal physical education class once a week with the emphasis placed on the team sports of baseball, softball, and basketball. The facilities at Mellon Park and the local Boys and Girls Club are used for the physical education program. At various times of the year, students will hike in different parts of the neighborhood. Outdoor recess is part of the daily routine and an opportunity for students to engage in a lively game of kickball.