The Upper Elementary program at The Discovery School prepares young adults by encouraging decision-making and problem-solving skills for the journey ahead.
Discovery offers an Upper Elementary program that is designed using the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme framework. This program services children fifth through sixth grade. The Upper Elementary program is comprised of one classroom which provides a full-day class (from 8:00am - 3:10pm). The learner to teacher ratio in each classroom is 10:1 or less, with one teacher who possesses Master’s Degree and a supporting, associate teacher. All teachers have received Level 1 & Level 2 training from the International Baccalaureate Organization.
The Upper Elementary classroom is housed in the newest building on campus, the Walchle Multipurpose Building. There are indoor and outdoor learning environments including the Edible Schoolyard, playground, and playing field. The classroom is designed to aid in the cognitive, emotional, social and academic development of children between the ages 10 to 12 years.
Each year of the two-year cycle, learners are immersed into six strategic IB units. These six units provide learners’ opportunities to explore topics of interest. Curriculum strands are woven together into thematic units of study. Project work stimulates learner motivation towards culminating IB symposiums.
The Upper Elementary program is divided into three main components: core instruction in math and language, independent work cycle, and unit inquiry time. Learners participate in daily math and literacy enrichment through Reading, Writing and Math Workshops. In addition, novel studies provide learners with exposure to sophisticated vocabulary, comprehension strategies, and fluent reading. The independent work cycle is designed for learners to work on individualized assignments based on their current level of performance. Inquiry time provides students with opportunities to explore topics related to our current unit of study through project-based learning.
Curriculum Guide coming soon!