Fifth grade is extremely important as the bridge between elementary and middle school. Students further develop their academic strength, self-reliance and study skills. Fifth graders set an example for all other students, as they are actively involved in many leadership roles throughout the day. From greeting students in the morning during carpool line, to leading chapel services, they embody the mission of the school. They work diligently in all academic areas, are held accountable with daily work, work in small groups for literature discussions, problem solve and are challenged in daily. Fifth graders research and learn about United States History, and are actively engaged in science skills, experiments, and hands-on learning.
Fifth graders are provided many opportunities to get involved with their community, both in a volunteer capacity, and also through field trips. Every Thursday, the fifth graders collect cans before chapel to donate food to St. Paul’s Episcopal in Newport News. During Christmas, they provide foster children with Christmas presents, and participate in “Turkey 500”, when they pack 500 lunches for the homeless in Newport News. A few examples of field trips include the historic Pamplin Park in Petersburg, First Landing in Virginia Beach, and a Nags Head kayaking tour and day on the Outer Banks.
Praise for the 5th Grade Program
“Fifth graders at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School are challenged daily with creative thinking, deeper subject knowledge, and hands-on experimentation in a caring environment with an enthusiasm for learning. SAES students are standouts as they enter middle school not just for their academic successes, but for their leadership skills and strong moral character.” Julie P.