Grades 4 and 5

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Bridge Years: from Concrete to Abstract thinking

In Grades 4 and 5, students graduate from the two-teacher model and are taught exclusively by SETs, most of whom have advanced degrees in the field they teach. This builds on the independence fostered in the Primary Years and allows students more independence in—but also more responsibility for—their education.

As the name indicates, the Bridge Years transport students from the foundational years to an intermediate program focused on mastering basics necessary for a college-preparatory curriculum. In particular, instruction focuses on attaching abstract thinking to concrete thinking: students transition from reading comprehension to interpretation, from data collection to data analysis, and from mathematical calculation to mathematical reasoning. Courses unique to the Bridge Years include Latin, Classics, and Physical Geography.

Please read our curriculum overview to further understand the different content covered in each discipline in grades 4 and 5.