Subjects are more complex, going deeper into many subjects. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ownership of his/her own learning and becoming independent with his/her academic success before entering the middle school years.
The religion curriculum includes a study of the liturgy, more in-depth study of all seven sacraments, and Christian values are encouraged through all lessons and activities. Students attend mass Friday mornings.
Students build on skills and concepts taught in previous years, focusing on 5 major areas: reading, writing, mechanics, speaking, and listening/observing. Reading includes literature in all the genres, story elements, comprehension strategies, word analysis, and using reference materials. Fifth graders become more proficient writers by examining different literary forms/styles, purpose/audience, types of writing, and the writing process. Students learn proper forms, conventions, and styles (parts of speech, punctuation, spelling rules, etc.).
Concepts taught in the fifth grade book include basic operations and whole number computation, decimals and fractions, word problems, geometry (area and volume), and customary and metric measurement. Concepts for those in the accelerated program will cover the sixth grade standards which include fraction/decimal/percent conversions, ratios, equations and expressions, equalities and inequalities, geometry (area, volume and surface area), and statistical measures.
Science content includes the study of energy forms (thermal, chemical, electrical, sound), weather, astronomy, body systems, and amphibians. Throughout the year an emphasis is placed on developing reading skills for nonfiction resources, understanding vocabulary, and experiencing STEM activities to reinforce content and an introduction to science research.
The students study geographic regions of North America and South America. Students focus on United States History covering Early America through the Revolutionary War.
Students have class once each week for music (band/orchestra/general music), art, library, and computers. Students will attend physical education twice a week. For one half of the year, students will have Exploratory French and for the other half of the year they will have Exploratory Spanish twice per week.