Developmentally, children this age become stronger abstract thinkers and the curriculum continues to accommodate their developmental changes. The true measure of their knowledge comes, as students are required to go out into the community and use what they have learned. This may come in the form of putting together a science fair project, calling a foreign embassy to get information about a country they are studying, or planning a class trip to the Catalina Island Marine Institute. Community service rounds out the upper elementary experience.
Upper Elementary Profile
- Mixed age classrooms for children in grades 4–6
- Challenging interdisciplinary curriculum
- Strong emphasis on project work that moves from the concrete to the abstract
- Class trips