Fifth grade prepares Saint Andrew’s students for the important transition to middle school. During the second semester, fifth graders also bring laptops home and back to school for homework assignments.
Students practice leadership skills organizing the school’s recycling program and taking the role of a “Big Buddy” for the first time. In fifth grade, students can also participate on the school's
interscholastic athletics teams. Fifth
graders benefit from advanced curriculum more commonly found in sixth-grade classrooms. By the end of the year, students have met or surpassed these learning benchmarks of each of the core subjects based on their own skill level:
- Integrates literary techniques, such as figurative language and themes, into interdisciplinary writing and discussions
- Exhibits clear understanding of parts of speech and grammar.
- Exhibits confidence in fraction and decimal calculations
- Develops proficiency in basic geometry, graphing, and pre-algebra expressions.
- Learn about Earth Systems, Structures and Properties of Matter, Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
- Demonstrate their learning through Science Expo Projects, and Engineering Design
- Spend three days/two nights in the Marin Headlands exploring the coastline's biodiversity
- Deepens understanding of American history, beginning with Native Americans through to the Civil War
- Learns the 50 states and their capitals through graphic and oral presentations prepared by each student
Saint Andrews supports the development of the whole child and offers a robust collection of enrichment classes in fifth grade, these include Physical Education, Spanish, Music, Religion, Science Lab, and Art.