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 and 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. Each grade is split into two homerooms and 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. This two-year experience allows Upper Division students to master the academic, social, and executive function skills needed to navigate the world of middle school.