Developing Personal Responsibility
Welcome to middle school at Westside School! Our teachers know that this is a big transition from lower school to middle school, and they are here to support every student! In fifth grade, students begin developing the personal responsibility and organizational skills needed for a successful middle school experience (and beyond) through a combined structure designed to slowly introduce this new phase of education.
Fifth graders have a combined humanities (language arts & social studies) class to give them the feeling of a homeroom, while transitioning between our other core classes in a more traditional middle school model. With an emphasis on teamwork and critical thinking, and a number of integrated projects between content areas, we continue our focus on growth mindset and preparing them for the level of instruction and work that they can expect for the remainder of their middle school years. Critical thinking is a key focus of the fifth grade year.
5TH GRADE HIGHLIGHTS
- Physical Sciences
- Ancient Civilizations
- Music of Resistance
- Math and Baseball
- Dual instruction in Chinese and Spanish
- Journey of Heroes
- Climate Justice
EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION & FIELD TRIPS
- Mt. Rainer Fall Camping Trip
- Bainbridge Art Museum
- South Seattle College Chinese Gardens and Arboretum
- Tacoma Rainers Baseball Game