Upper Elementary

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Upper Elementary – Grades 3-6

Upper elementary school represents a time of transition and increasing independence for Saint Mark’s students. The emphasis on academic excellence increases as the school day is longer and students begin to take on greater intellectual challenges. With the support of teachers, third- through sixth-grade students become advocates for their own learning and develop valuable study and time management skills crucial to success in middle school. A departmentalized approach is used in fifth and sixth grades. Students rotate between grade level teachers for instruction in mathematics, science, and English. Teachers strive to provide opportunities for collaboration, leadership, self-expression, and creativity across all subject areas.

The Educational Field Studies trips, beginning in fourth grade, are some of the most highly anticipated moments. Lessons learned in the classroom are brought to life as students become active participants in Californian and American history and an active, outdoor science adventure.

As students become increasingly independent and responsible, they are asked to look forward and outward and engage in service to others, through student-led service organizations, such as HELP and Student Council. Student leaders choose specific service projects for the year, raise funds to meet their goals, and engage the student body in supporting the cause.

Click here to view the Upper Elementary Curriculum Map

We see children as valuable and unique individuals at Saint Mark’s School. Our goal is to support their academic growth and development in an atmosphere that respects and builds upon students’ interests and personal strengths. We involve students in challenging activities that develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, reasoning, and collaboration.

Dr. Zanita Kelly
Upper School Head