Core Curriculum 3/4/5 Classroom
The 3/4/5 classroom is made up of three grade levels throughout most of the day. However, for language arts and math, the 5th graders move up to the middle school where two-grade-level groups are formed: 5th/6th combination and 7th/8th combination. In other subjects, such as history, science and P.E., student s work in three-grade-level configurations. Instruction and assessments are differentiated based on grade level and individual student needs.
Grades 3/4/5 Combined (three-year rotation): (Rotation 1) Structures of Life; Sun, Moon & Stars; Matter & Energy; (Rotation 2) Environments; Solid Earth; Magmetism & Electriciy; (Rotation 3) Living Systems; Water Planet; Mixtures & Solutions
Students in grades 3/4/5 participate in physical education and health/nutrition classes together. Students meet with a P.E. specialist, funded through Nicasio School Foundation, twice a week in addition to having PE with a core teacher at least once per week. Most activities and sports take place outside, but Nicasio School's multi-purpose room provides an excellent indoor space when needed. Each spring, students in 5th grade join 6th graders for a one-week puberty education program.