Our Upper Elementary Program
By the time the students arrive in Upper Elementary (Grades 4th, 5th, and 6th), they are prepared to research, write, and present orally. Reading is used as a tool and literary genres are studied in depth. Writing is used as a means of communicating individual thought and creativity. Math and science are taken to a more advanced level. (The dissection of a frog is a favorite day in this class!)
History and world cultures are studied and relevant connections are made to current events. Proper ‘netiquette’, digital literacy, and internet safety are emphasized as students learn to utilize more online resources in their research. Upper Elementary Students travel to The Outdoor School at Camp Champions each year to further develop independence, peer cohesion, and nature/science skills. Team building activities strengthen the individual and group. Students spend two nights and three days at this wonderful camp outside of Marble Falls.
Fourth graders study Texas government and have traveled to Austin to view firsthand the way our government and government officials conduct the business of Texas. All students learned debate strategies and techniques for stating opinions, asserting views, and making persuasive arguments.
Fifth and sixth graders research global issues, such as water availability, education, world health problems, and nuclear proliferation as they prepare to represent their assigned country at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) in New York City during the spring semester. This four day conference is great preparation for life in the 21st century, as students work together as delegates to develop solutions to problems facing their world today. Students will continue to advance their reading, math, science, history, language, writing, geography, music, and art skills.
Upper elementary students continue to advance their reading, math, science, history, language, writing, geography, music, and art skills and express their ideas using multimedia presentation formats.