The intermediate school is designed to allow for a gradual transition from the self-contained lower school environment to a departmentalized middle and upper school. Students are given more responsibilities and freedoms as they rotate through 3 blocks of academic classes each day. These consist of a mathematics block, an English Language Arts block, and a rotating social studies/science block. A rotating PE/Elective schedule including art, music, and Spanish/Latin allows for enrichment and movement. Students at this age are not passive learners – they learn by doing rather than by just being told. That's why science is based on experiments, art is based on production, and music involves playing instruments. Reading and writing revolve around sharing opinions and life experiences, and social studies is based on inquiry and discussion. Math follows the same approach because success isn't just about manipulating numbers, it's about being able to apply math concepts and number sense to real life situations.
The academic day begins and ends with a homeroom program that provides students with both support and structure. Classes are taught with developmental expectations in mind, and social skills are integrated into the curriculum every day. Effective study skills are encouraged through classroom structure and routines, and responsibility is emphasized through instruction in specific techniques such as organizing and planning projects, learning how to manage homework, as well as arriving to each class period prepared and in a timely manner.