Our intermediate grade levels are marked by a time of transition as they prepare for the second half of their Highlands journey. Students in grades 4 and 5 are prepared academically, socially and emotionally to face the challenges of early adolescence. During these critical years, deeper knowledge is developed across core subject areas including language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies.
Social Emotional Learning is also emphasized, as teachers instill the values of responsibility, citizenship, teamwork, leadership, and integrity and help students build the skills needed to apply those values to everyday interactions. Individual attention and caring support help students thrive as they engage an increasingly demanding curriculum and discover their unique gifts.
The 4th & 5th Grade Loop Model
The 4th and 5th grades at Highlands are a vital transition during our students’ academic careers. It is the first time students change from a self-contained classroom to a departmentalized setting. Additionally, the students “loop” with the team of teachers for the fifth-grade year. This looping model helps our students become more confident learners and build their self-esteem, helping prepare them for the next step in their journey, Middle School.
The Highlands administration was very intentional in implementing this looping model as there are many benefits that contribute to student success, including: