Intermediate School / Grades 4-6
Pine Cobble’s Intermediate School is a bridge between the elementary years and the rigors of the Upper School experience. It’s a time of fantastic growth and change. Pine Cobble takes an active role during this time, as we prepare students for the challenges – both personal and academic – that lie ahead.
Academically, our expert faculty members teach critical thinking skills and solid study habits. Intermediate School students learn essential – and carefully sequenced – academic skills and have an increased level of responsibility for their work.
Students enter the Intermediate School as fourth graders; by the time they move on, at the end of sixth grade, they will have mastered an astonishing amount of material – they will understand Latin, write sophisticated research papers, and apply complex mathematical and scientific reasoning to the world around them. More important, they will have developed a solid sense of themselves as leaders, community members, team members, and supportive friends.
- Students learn two languages. In fourth grade, they take Latin and Spanish, each two times per week. By sixth grade, they take both language classes daily.
- Work is increasingly self-directed. By the end of sixth grade, students will have participated in at least four intensive, months-long research projects. These projects are co-curricular in nature, and students present them in multiple forms, including a written report and oral presentation. They are able to answer questions from classmates, Pine Cobble students of all ages, and from a range of faculty.
- Curriculum draws parallels between different subjects, hones critical thinking skills, and allows students to engage in deep inquiry, reasoning, analysis, and evaluation.
- Language arts are based on the relationship between reading, writing, spelling and grammar. Students are exposed to a broad range of literature and are presented with opportunities to write many different works — fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, plays, letters, expository writing, reports, biographies, and more. By the end of sixth grade, students can explore the deeper meanings in literature, write thoughtfully, edit their work, respond constructively to others’ work. Most have already developed a life-long love of language.
- History and social studies emphasize connections between past and present, between their own experiences and those of other time periods and cultures, and between different aspects of a given society — art, science, politics, technology and daily life.
- Students practice and master mathematical skills in a way that promotes a deep understanding of numbers and number systems, computation, data analysis, algorithms and reasoning. Students do more than solve mathematical problems; they explore the meaning behind their solutions, and they learn to communicate complex mathematical ideas.
- Science is an exciting exploration of the real world around them. Investigations take place both indoors and out, in the ecosystems found in and around the Pine Cobble campus. Students gain experience with scientific tools, ecological monitoring, reference books, field guides and model building. Students monitor invasive species and water quality, track erosion and wildlife, create model ecosystems, share data with worldwide scientific bodies and present school-wide research studies. They develop testable questions, consider variables, create hypotheses, make qualitative and quantitative observations, summarize and analyze results, research data in various forms and present scientific information to the Pine Cobble community.
- Physical education allow students to challenge themselves both as individuals and on a team. In fourth and fifth grade, students have physical education classes twice a week. In fifth grade they also begin optional practices with the school teams (soccer, field hockey, and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse). By sixth grade, students play on school teams in place of physical education classes. All students also participate in our winter sports program on Fridays.
- The environment is supportive and encouraging, even as we encourage students to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. It is a safe place to take risks, to explore ideas, to pursue interests and to embrace one’s individual strengths, differences and unique contributions to a community.
In addition to generous financial aid packages, Pine Cobble School offers an endowed need-based scholarship, the Hunter Family Scholarship. The Hunter Family Scholarships are endowed by a gift from the estate of Irene M. and James H. Hunter. The Hunter Family Scholarship is open to qualifying new students entering grades 5-9; it covers full tuition (excluding activity fees). It will apply to the tuition for each academic year the student attends Pine Cobble School, as long as the student remains in good standing. Please contact Amie Bui, Director of Admission, at (413) 458-4680 x 16 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.