Middle School Curriculum
Fifth grade is an important developmental period that bridges the gap between Lower School and Middle School. Students begin to experience more transitions and gain greater self-reliance. For certain academic subjects, students are placed with classmates of similar abilities and pacing in order to provide a more personalized level of challenge. The fifth grade experience features a year-long LeApps™ course, Independence's own research-based curriculum to help students understand the brain and how learning actually happens. They are presented with different learning and study strategies and are given extensive opportunities to put these strategies into practice. Fifth graders select a world language to study (French, Latin or Spanish), which is a full course through eighth grade. STEM comes into greater focus with dedicated time for integrating science, technology, engineering and math.