The purpose of the upper elementary program is to create a safe and caring learning environment that promotes academic excellence while developing students’ sense of self in our world. The upper elementary program is thematic and place-based and integrates math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and word study in a three year cycle.
Students in Upper Elementary School learn strategies essential to the development of effective reading, writing, speaking and listening skills while engaged in activities that promote a deep level of student engagement.
Upper Elementary School students participate in weekly music and visual arts classes. In music class they might sing, listen to the works of master composers, learn rudimentary music theory and history, compose original music, create their own musical instruments, read music or compare world and ethnic music as they make connections with curricular themes.
Upper Elementary students participate in Health Sciences two days per week for 35 minutes throughout the year. This class is taught by a certified physical education specialist. The curriculum is driven by the philosophy that all students, regardless of physical ability are given the opportunity to succeed, and find joy in physical activity.
Based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning (1999), Journeys School approach to foreign language learning focuses on communication, cultures, comparisons, connections and communities.
Journeys School's core approach to learning is instruction outside of the classroom. A Journey is a direct experience in the ecological or cultural environment that serves as an essential part of learning, and whether a few moments or a few days, a Journey includes thoughtful faculty planning and meaningful student inquiry and reflection.
The Capstone Project was designed to facilitate the transition between elementary and middle school. It provides a way for fifth grade students to demonstrate and celebrate the knowledge and skills learned throughout the course of their elementary years.