Students GAIN GREATER COMMAND OF A MATURE SET OF SOCIAL AND ACADEMIC SKILLS.
Our private Fourth Grade in Somerset County, NJ, serves as the year where students evolve into leaders of the Lower School. By fourth grade, academic challenge has increased significantly, and subjects have become more sophisticated. Fourth-graders are more responsible and are beginning to think critically and informatively. Students begin to utilize more advanced strategies and can interpret and analyze information at a higher level.
Developing Student Leaders
Fourth-graders are the leaders of the Lower School. They take this "job" seriously—leading by example and showing their younger classmates the importance of the FH Pillars. They receive instruction in traditional subjects each day but also participate in special subjects like Learning & Design, Spanish language and culture, music and visual arts, and physical education.
Fourth grade's capstone experience begins when each class creates two debates related to their Inquiry Studies. Each student participates in one of these debates, the subjects of which are as follows:
Native Americans debating how to respond to a new group that has arrived on their land
Colonial tradespeople debating the actions of the British—some debaters are Loyalists, some are Patriots
They then participate in a live debate at the end of the school year.