The fourth grade year is the final year in the Ellis Lower School. Students further develop responsibility, independence, and organizational skills as they prepare for the transition to the Middle School. A major component of this preparation is switching classes for academic subjects and learning to manage time and materials. It is a year when the girls develop their personal voice as they learn to constructively take a stand, actively reach out to the broader community to share their talents, and engage in activities about which they are passionate.
While learning content is important in this grade level, equally important are study skills, with organization being primary. We expect the girls to begin to become independent workers, to learn to manage time and materials, and to prioritize. Girls also learn to work cooperatively and collaboratively with one another to complete many assignments.
Fourth grade is also about leadership. As the oldest students in the Lower School, the girls take on leadership roles in assemblies and in organizing School-wide projects. They learn to identify a need or problem and work to find solutions. They take a leading role in service learning projects that help us all to reach beyond ourselves and support the broader community.