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Upper Level

This large, dynamic program organizes students in myriad ways. Each student is assigned to a home base where they begin and end their days. From there, they are gathered in groupings depending on subject. As a result, children interact with a wide variety of peers/adults over the course of each week, satisfying their intense drive for social connection.

Practical Life

Community meetings:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Respect for self, peers, and environment

Grace and courtesy:

  • Manners
  • Classroom protocol
  • Care of indoor and outdoor environments
  • Centering Strategies

Time management:

  • Planning skills and work organization

Language Arts

Reading Skills

  • Close reading refining the use of reading comprehension strategies.
  • Reading for information – fiction, non-fiction
  • Critical consideration of perspective and bias in text/media
  • Extensive use of varied text formats and genres

Literary elements:

  • Genre
  • Plot
  • Conflict/resolution
  • Climax
  • Character analysis
  • Setting


  • Routine use of proper cursive

Advanced grammar and sentence analysis:

  • Parts of speech
  • Subject/Predicate
  • Direct/Indirect object
  • Adjectival modifiers
  • Adverbial modifiers
  • Basic Sentence diagramming

Word study/Mechanics:

  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Prefix/Suffix
  • Homonyms
  • Vocabulary development
  • Spelling


  • Multi-step process for composition
  • Prewriting activities, rough draft, revision, editing, final draft
  • Note taking in various formats


  • Types of sentences
  • Paragraph form
  • Creative writing
  • Expository writing
  • Descriptive
  • Narrative
  • Persuasive
  • Five paragraph essay
  • Poetry
  • Research paper 


  • Math fact memorization
  • Concrete to abstract in all operations


  • Comparison, ordering, rounding
  • Operations
  • Mixed, proper/improper
  • Reducing/Simplifying


  • Comparisons, ordering and rounding
  • Operations
  • Percentages
  • Converting between fractions, decimals and percents
  • Practical applications in single and multi-step problem solving
  • Ratio/Proportion including Interest: principal, rate, time, scale drawings, sales,tips
  • Constructing squares and cubes of binomials and trinomials
  • Calculating square and cube roots
  • Beginning statistics: data gathering, graphing, and analysis

Number theory:

  • Divisibility rules
  • Factors/Multiples
  • Primes/Composite Numbers
  • Factor Trees and Prime Factorization
  • Estimation
  • Basic mathematical laws


  • Fair/unfair
  • Dependent/independent
  • Pascal’s Triangle


  • Symbols and order of operations
  • Operations with signed  numbers
  • Solving for a variable in mutli-step equations
  • Other Bases


  • Advanced study of nomenclature
  • Geometric shapes: characteristics, measurements, and drawing
  • Compass constructions: copy a line/angle, bisect line/angle
  • Concepts:
  • Properties:
  • Congruence, similarity, equivalence, 
  • Symmetry
  • Derivation of area, volume formulas
  • Calculation: perimeter, area, volume
  • Theorem of Pythagoras
  • Measurement: length, weight, capacity in  metric and customary

Life Science:

  • Tree of Life
  •  Classification of Five Kingdoms
  • Structure/Function of internal and external parts and systems
  • Ecology/Food Chains and Webs
  • Cell theory
  • Biological cycles: Water, Nitrogen, Carbon-Oxygen

Human body:

  • Structure and Function of each system
  • Genetics
  • Puberty
  • Health and nutrition

Earth science

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Formation of Volcanoes and Mountains
  • Work of Water in creating land/water forms
  • Caves/Ground water
  • Rivers
  • Oceanography
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Identifying rocks and minerals

Chemical science:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Study of the Periodic Table
  • Compounds and Mixtures
  • Solutions
  • States of Matter
  • Types of Chemical Bonds
  • Acids and Bases
  • Experiments and scientific method

  • Fundamental needs of humans
  • Creation of the universe
  • Evolution of life and early humans
  • Study of early Hominids

Ancient Civilizations:

  • Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • Greece and Rome
  • Meosamerica – Aztec and Maya
  • Indus Valley
  • China
  • Incas of South America
  • Pre-Columbian Native Americans
  • European history –  Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Explorers 
  • Colonization


  • Physical / Political geography
  • Continents
  • Countries
  • Basic mapping skills
  • Advanced land and water forms
  • Biomes of the world
  • Impact of geography on development of people
  • Natural resources/energy sources
  • Economic geography
  • Types of Governments


  • define racism, sexism, ableism, classism. 
  • refine their understanding of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
  • uncover instances of whitewashing and the perpetuation of myths in texts, visual materials and current events.
  • further refine their understanding of the gender spectrum.
  • uncover social expectations of gender and the consequent limitations for some individuals depending on how they identify.