Fourth grade student learning is centered around a positive environment that promotes risk-taking and encourages students to trust themselves. As such, fourth grade begins with a focus on wellness, accepting differences, and making good choices, which continues throughout the year. Being at the “top” of the Lower School, students have the opportunity to practice supportive leadership skills through our Ambassador Program.
The curriculum itself is integrated in a manner that focuses on carefully chosen class books which are read, shared, and discussed as a whole group. In-depth Math in Focus lessons, which highlight evolving elementary-level math skills and expanded math problem-solving approaches, are also crucial fourth grade components. Fourth graders also study the various connections that begin with European exploration and continue through the Colonial period with engaging discussions, historical fiction chapter books, and local field trips. Project-based assignments give greater depth to literacy, math and social studies skills and content. Social emotional learning activities and Exploration classes further round out an impressive fourth grade curriculum and collaborative focus.
Over the course of the year, the fourth graders increasingly focus on and prepare for the transition to fifth grade and the Middle School. Through aligned curricular experiences, middle school personnel visits, step-up day programming and focused teacher-led classroom discussions, the fourth grade students are well prepared for their move to the Middle School level.