Intermediate School (3rd-4th)
During intermediate school, 3rd and 4th graders continue to develop their skills and abilities that are applied to increasingly complex studies in math, science, social studies and language arts. In these grades, students study the past to understand the present day and develop research and writing skills to document, share and convince others of their perspective.
Student engagement with art, music, movement and technology also expands and grows. 3rd graders begin choral lessons and 4th graders take instrumental lessons in preparation for the classical instrument program in 5th grade. Intermediate school students may also participate in Spartan athletics: the competitive basketball league begins in 3rd grade and the fall cross country team is open to 3rd and 4th graders.
Students in these grades are increasingly more independent and accountable, which makes it an optimum time for the overnight to Fairview Lake, the first of many overnight trips they will experience at Stevens.
Quizzes, tests, homework, writing assignments, journals, projects and portfolio are used as evidence of student progress. 4th graders also take the CTP4 standardized test administered by the Educational Records Bureau.
In Intermediate School, homework includes daily assignments in reading, language arts, math and occasional research and project work related to social studies and science. 3rd graders can expect to spend 40 minutes per evening on homework; 4th graders spend approximately 50 minutes per evening on homework.
To view sample Intermediate School class schedules, click here.