Fifth Grade begins the departmentalization of our Upper Division with students receiving instruction from content specialty teachers. This allows for a more in-depth exploration of fields of study as well as preparation for the structure of secondary school. The Upper Division is a partnership between teachers, parents, students, and the school community that guarantees the effective use of all available resources to create, provide, and support quality instruction and environments. Every student will develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors needed in order to be a responsible, productive citizen and a lifelong learner in a diverse and changing global society. Four core content area teachers deliver literature, writing, mathematics and global studies instruction. Students learn how to manage materials and expectations as they travel as a cohort between these classes. By creating a two-year experience to master the skills needed to navigate the world of middle school, Village students graduate more than ready for what lies ahead.