ENGLISH: composition, creative writing, grammar, spelling and public speaking; reading includes The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Johnny Tremain and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, as well as short stories and poetry in connection with work in American history.
MATHEMATICS: continued development of number sense; computation with positive rational numbers in both fraction and decimal forms; percentage; probability; geometry, including area and perimeter; applications and problem solving.
HISTORY: American history from the study of Native American cultures through the Civil War, with related work in English; introduction to global geography.
SCIENCE: exploration of electricity, robotics and properties of matter. Activities include wiring a household circuit, building and programming a robot to complete a variety of challenges, and exploring physical changes and chemical reactions.
FRENCH: the beginning of a five-year integrated French curriculum, with initial emphasis on oral communication through the memorization of poems, dialogues and songs. Basic grammar and the reading of simple stories help to increase oral and written comprehension.
MANDARIN: continued development of writing, listening and speaking skills through dialogue, poems, nursery rhymes, songs and games; exploration of Chinese culture and further work with simplified Chinese characters.
SPANISH: the beginning of a five-year integrated Spanish curriculum, with a focus on listening and accurate pronunciation. Students develop their ear for the language while learning vocabulary and basic grammatical structures.
READING AND WRITING PRACTICUM: the first year of a two-year sequence for students who benefit from reinforcement in language arts; focus on expository writing, close reading of increasingly complex material and the practice of study skills including outlining and note taking.
DRAMA: exploration of the craft of acting through the rehearsal and performance of an adapted play by Shakespeare at an assembly in the spring.
MUSIC: singing, solfège, theory fundamentals and group instrumental instruction. All students in Classes V–VIII have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular choral, jazz and orchestral ensembles, handbells and a recorder consort. Girls who study privately may perform in school-sponsored recitals.
STUDIO ART: projects inspired by historical subject matter with attention to the basic elements of line, texture, shape and color; subsequent units take up world crafts, digital photography and an introduction to the design and creation of 3D prints.
LIBRARY: development of personal reading taste through stories read aloud and selection of pleasure reading; practice of research skills in connection with student reports on the colonies and on world geography.
TECHNOLOGY: final year of touch-typing instruction; transfer of files between home and school, file management, introduction to email and exploration of other software tools.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: transition from learning motor skills and movement concepts to learning how to use sport-specific skills in increasingly complex game play and performance situations; continued focus on social-emotional learning as students are exposed to the demands of competition and higher expectations for decision making, collaboration, and sportsmanship; fitness, dance—salsa, swing, jazz; monthly Red/White competitions that offer leadership opportunities and emphasize good sportsmanship.