Upper Elementary

Grades 4 and 5: beyond core content

Upper Elementary years are a time to master the academic skills students will need in middle school, while retaining the sheer joy of learning. Stuart Hall's caring, experienced teachers provide the opportunity for students to thrive while working in a hands-on, interdisciplinary, and project-based environment. Children are nurtured and inspired to be well-rounded successful students who are prepared for engaged lives of intellectual curiosity, creativity, and contribution.

Hallmarks of our Upper Elementary experience include:

  • Project-based, hands-on learning
  • Leadership and Service Learning programs that provide opportunities for all students
  • Art, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish
  • Technology that includes basic computer skills, coding, and digital citizenship

Just as the Upper and Middle School programs are based on the six Stuart Hall graduate goals, the 4th and 5th grade curriculum is guided by the age-appropriate Habits of Mind. This solid foundation helps students experience a smooth transition from Upper Elementary to Middle Years, while instilling a lifetime love of learning, leadership, integrity, and civic engagement.

Upper Elementary Pictures

Mrs. Bartley teaches in Upper Elementary classroom.

Upper Elementary girls in Hallway of Main Building.

UE students on field trips through virtual reality.

Thanks to our VR headsets, UE students can still go on field trips.

Two boys playing math games in hallway during Covid-19 (wearing masks).

Even during COVID, students still find ways to collaborate.

Picture of 5th grade students at Chesapeake Bay field trip.

The 5th grade class enjoys their annual field trip to the Chesapeake Bay.

Two UE girls showing their artwork.

Art is one of the UE students' favorite co-curricular classes.