Academic programs at the intermediate school, which includes grades 3-5, builds on the foundational skills students acquired during the primary grades and provides them with greater academic challenges while taking into account individual student learning needs.
Teachers and students at the intermediate school take a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. For instance, English language arts classes include books on social studies and science topics, so students touch on multiple curricula throughout the day.
In grades 4 and 5, students are grouped by need and ability for some of their core subjects, moving them out of their main classrooms for some instruction. This not only provides variety in their days, but prepares them for the format of the secondary schools.
Parents can learn more about what their children are learning at each grade level by referring to our Parent Guide to the Curriculum.
English Language Arts
English language arts instruction at the intermediate school focuses on helping students continue to develop their literacy skills to ensure they are reading at grade level. Students read in small groups and participate in guided reading sessions. Teachers encourage students to make connections between the content of what they are reading and their own lives.
Intermediate school students build off the math concepts they learned at The Learning Community, encouraging students to deepen their understanding. The mathematics curriculum includes whole number concepts, whole number computation, mental math, problem-solving, patterns and functions, measurement, geometry, fractions, decimals and probability.
The intermediate school’s science curriculum helps students develop foundational skills, including observation, hypothesizing, experimenting, measuring, recording and interpreting scientific data.
The social studies curriculum includes the history and culture of New York state, the United States, Canada and South America. Social studies faculty format instruction to incorporate a variety of learning experiences, recognizing the value of individual research, literature, dramatic presentation, field trips, art, group research, class discussions and cooperative learning.
Beyond the Core
Elementary students participate in art, music, computer and physical education classes taught by teachers certified as subject area specialists.
Student participation in the intermediate school’s enrichment program, Think Tank, is based on assessments in reading and math as well as teacher recommendations. Think Tank classes meet several times each week. During Think Tank classes, students are encouraged to practice abstract and critical thinking, collaborate and communicate with peers, and think outside of the box on projects.