3rd grade students learn to perceive themselves as stewards—as keepers of themselves, their neighbors, this planet, their future. They develop the habit of asking “I wonder why…..?” “How could it be done differently?” “How could I make it better?” They develop the habits of articulating thoughts and strategies as they problem-solve, and they develop habits of thinking cooperatively as well as independently.
4th grade students explore the concept of social justice and what it means to be an engaged member of the community in which they live. Students study the changing landscape of California history and strengthen their critical thinking skills, appreciate cause and effect, and learn to view things from multiple perspectives.
5th grade students focus on the strengthening of strong academic skills, social awareness and personal responsibility. Collaborative projects and cooperative learning help them develop a sense of individual contribution as well as an understanding of successful group dynamic. Writing, researching and presenting current world topics infuses a look at our lives as Americans.
6th grade students continue the development of time management and organizational skills, solidifying the skills that will make their matriculation to middle school successful and satisfying. Leadership is developed through the Kindergarten Buddy Program and Student Council. From an essay’s concrete thesis statement to abstract math equations, students challenge themselves to rewrite, revise, re-think, debate and question.