Fifth Grade - Program Overview

Our fifth grade gives us the opportunity to accept students who are ready earlier in their educational career for the kind of learning opportunities we provide. With a focus on social, organizational, and life skills, the students who choose to begin their Middle School education here in fifth grade will form a strong foundation for the hands-on inquiry, problem-solving and critical thinking that form the backbone of our educational program. The fifth grade program is structured as a “bridge” program, with the majority of classes taught in the fifth grade complex, coupled with many opportunities to engage in the broader Middle School. Areas of study will be tightly integrated and students will be introduced to important thinking skills that are essential to future academic success.

Middle School - Program Overview

Each Middle School course is designed to give students opportunities to practice the habits of mind employed in each academic discipline. Critical thinking skills are emphasized. Integration plays an important role in tying ideas together, and teachers collaborate on specific units when it makes sense to do so. Faculty infuse each day in (and out of!) the classroom with enthusiasm and hands-on learning.Students arrive in Middle School as children and leave as young adults, having progressed through profound biological, social, and cognitive changes. Our Middle School program is effective because it fosters and supports student growth in language use, problem solving, memory development, ethical maturity, and social presence.

Our courses coordinate not only with interdisciplinary content, but also to teach important skills consistently throughout the Middle School experience. Once students complete Eastside Prep Middle School, they are able to:

  • Use the academic disciplines as a framework for critical thinking,
  • Solve complex problems within a variety of disciplines and topics,
  • Communicate written ideas thoughtfully and creatively,
  • Confidently present ideas to large and small audiences,
  • Effectively employ technology to enhance learning and,
  • Lead compassionately as a respectful member of our global community.

The ultimate goal of the Middle School Program is to equip students with the necessary academic and social skills for a more robust disciplinary study in the EPS Upper School.

EPS offers a rigorous course of academic study for all students. Classes in our core disciplines focus on development of foundational knowledge and skills through inquiry and hands-on experience. Student choice is emphasized for Middle School students through selection of Core Options classes in the Fine & Performing Arts, and for Upper School students through a diverse array of academic electives.

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