Moving into grade four, our students transition into a departmental program, rooting children in their homeroom and expanding learning into the creative interactive environments on the first floor of the Fontbonne Building. Here the Montessori and Primary programs merge blending the strengths of both approaches.
- All students in Grades 4-6 experience full and small group teacher-led learning along with further development of personal organizational skills and self-direction.
- Each student has an advisor who works with him or her to set personal goals, to foster positive student interaction, and to strengthen student-teacher-family relationships.
- Using daily bags for practical organization, weekly homework planners, online assignments, and learning materials, our children form strong study skills.
- Sixth graders use lockers for their personal, athletic, and academic belongings.
Our children experience new depth in all academic subjects.
- reading and writing to learn rather than learning to read
- applying the scientific method in lab experiments
- solving authentic problems in STEM class
- beginning to ponder moral choices in religion
Following a departmental schedule, fourth graders are grouped heterogeneously for all classes while fifth and sixth graders have homogeneous classes for mathematics. All learning environments bustle with energy; students are affirmed in their successes and challenged to reach new horizons.
On any given day, observers can see :
- sixth graders researching on-line for their bridge project in mathematics
- fifth graders in teams of three creating presentations on the thirteen original colonies
- fourth graders discovering and categorizing the parts of real oysters.
The focus in enrichment classes matches this depth. Media studies include a library science seminar on research methods while the technology integration specialist works with teachers and students using new technology and teaching about internet safety. Spanish studies expand for fifth and six graders in their twice a week class- a remote preparation of seventh and eighth grades where Spanish classes are three and four times weekly.