As the students occupying the highest grade level at Lerner, the fifth graders take on a number of leadership roles that build over the course of the year.
Not only do the fifth grade students complete coursework in all of their subjects that is academically on a par with many middle schools, but they also set the standard for the younger children in a number of ways. From partnering with their kindergarten book buddies to complete reading and writing assignments to greeting guests on VIP Day to coordinating recess games during recess, the fifth graders are constantly hard at work guiding the direction of the school. The fifth grade students also head student council and yearbook, and the teachers call upon them as “assistants” in K-5 weekly electives. Fifth graders are well-prepared for these challenges due to the rigorous academic expectations that the teachers set for them.