At The Country School, a 4th and 5th Grades are a time of transition, as students move from the more sheltered world of the Primary years to the more independent realm of Middle School. Academic and personal responsibilities increase, and with these growing responsibilities come growing opportunities to learn about self-advocacy, responsibility, and leadership.
- At the beginning of the school year, 5th Graders run the weekly Lower School meeting, using a radio show format, WTCS, that fosters public speaking and leadership skills. Later in the year, 4th Graders take over the show.
- 4th Graders oversee the school's recycling program; 5th Graders tend to the kitchen garden.
- 4th Graders begin to participate in clubs; 5th Graders can join teams such as Robotics.
- 4th Graders join 5th Graders for outdoor education activities in the fall. In the spring, 4th Graders experience an overnight "tent in" on campus, while 5th Graders head off campus for the first official Outdoor Education overnight trip. This outdoor Middle School takes advantage of its location on the Connecticut shoreline.
- At this STEAM Middle School in New Haven County, 4th and 5th Graders typically collaborate on a major STEAM project; recent examples include a personal narrative altered book project and an exploration of innovations from 1955 (the year The Country School was founded) to 2015 (The Country School's 60th anniversary year).
- 5th Graders begin to participate on interscholastic athletic teams; 4th Graders are leaders in intramural sports and on our Flying Owlets cross country team for our youngest athletes.
Even as they gain independence and responsibility, 4th and 5th Graders can count on nurturing support from their teachers. Here is what a new 5th Grader had to say:
I love The Country School because all the teachers and students are really friendly and helpful. The teachers are always willing to give you extra help or help you catch up with your homework or school work. You have more one-on-one time with your teachers and you get to call and/or email them if you have any questions or do not understand something.