The Upper School, from grades 3 - 8, develops an academically rigorous learning community that supports students as they grow in independence and confidence. Students continue to strengthen their own self identity as a learner and member of the Upper School community, where they serve as role models and leaders for the youngest members of our community through their daily interactions.
Intermediate Grades (Grades 3, 4, and 5)
As students in grades 3, 4, and 5 enter into early adolescence, they begin to think critically about the world around them in an increasingly complex manner. They pose questions and solve problems, allowing them to engage in in-depth units of study in all core subjects including English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Religion. With a 2-to-1 student to iPad ratio, students in the intermediate grades benefit from an integration of technology into all core subjects. In order to develop independence and responsibility and address the increasing demands of each academic subject, students gradually transition to a departmentalized teaching model.
In Grade 3, students are in a self contained classroom for their core subjects and travel outside the classroom for enrichment classes As the content grows, students learn study skills, organization skills and test taking skills. In Grade 4, students are self contained for 60% of their day with one teacher for English Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies and Religion, but travel to Math and Science in different classrooms. They not only develop independence and organization as they travel to these classes, but the students also benefit from the expertise of a teacher who specializes in the subject. In Grade 5, students begin to travel between four different classrooms for their core subjects as they prepare to transition into the upper grades.
Upper Grades (Grades 6, 7, and 8)
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are supported in developing increased independence as they delve deeper into the studies of Mathematics, English Language Arts, Religion, Science, and Social Studies. The upper grades experience is characterized by collaboration, research and building academic stamina as students and teachers work together to solve real-world problems. Our technology coach assists students with the integration of the 1-to-1 iPad program as students actively engage with technology to enhance the diverse curriculum. Saint Stephen Upper School continues to develop and foster students' love of learning in an inquiry based setting that promotes students' development of critical thinking strategies and confidence. As members of an academically rigorous learning community, students receive a solid educational foundation that fosters a love of learning and prepares them for high school and beyond.