Third grade students at Riverbank Charter School of Excellence have gained an immense amount of knowledge. It is here where students take the fundamentals of their education and begin to express it in a more individualized manner. Third graders are charged with accepting more responsibility and independence concerning their academic assignments, supplies and choices.
The curriculum at this level branches off into self expression and students use their personal preference for reading and creative writing. Students are given more freedom at this level of education, and they are taking what they have learned and applying it in many different facets of their educational journey each day. With this new found freedom comes more responsibilities, and leadership opportunities. Along with second graders, third graders are now peer leaders for the younger grades. These older students are now able to partner with students as reading buddies, and assistants in other thematic content areas.
The third grade students are continuing to gain more understanding at a social and emotional level. They are able to empathize and constructively problem solve independently. Therefore, they are expected to effective role models for the younger grades.
During the students' third grade experience at Riverbank Charter School of Excellence, educators strive to prepare them for new challenges in a more diverse atmosphere. This is done through reflective teaching, and a more "critical thinking" approach to academics. By the time their year is complete the students have gained the necessary knowledge to guide their thinking and learning beyond our charter school. We expect the students to understand that they will take what they have learned and continue to apply it to their daily lives, as learning is a life-long process.