Upper Elementary Age 9 – 11
Nine- to eleven-year-old students become more socially centered and explore the wider society outside of their families. In these relationships, they see and build a stronger sense of morality as they witness what society deems to be right and wrong. Concepts of fairness and justice are extremely important to include in lessons. Abstract thought has been well developed by this age, so students work with concrete materials less frequently. These materials are still available to aid students’ understanding of complex concepts.
In upper elementary, the fourth and fifth grade students* mainly engage in subjects in their grade levels. Fourth graders take Florida History while fifth graders study US History. They stay in their grade levels for science, Spanish, literature and composition, and media. Fourth and fifth graders are combined for art, music, PE, and drama classes. Math groups are arranged by ability level rather than grade level. The team teachers plan and synchronize units of study across the curriculum.
*Sixth grade students are placed in the middle school program because they are moving into the developmental stage of adolescence. They are not combined with the seventh and eighth graders in core subjects, but for art, music, PE, and drama.
Learn more in our detailed curriculum guide.