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Intermediate Grades 5 and 6

RCS Intermediate School is a part of the Lower School, and consists of children in grades fifth and sixth.  This segmenting allows us to guide the children through the transition from elementary school to middle school. 

It is the age in which students begin to experience change in social structures and in their minds and bodies.  Students begin seeking more autonomy in their decisions. They tend to thrive on attention from others, need acceptance from peers and desire to know more about the world around them. They are developmentally at the season of their lives when habits, character and values become solidified. Through providing an array of rigorous curricular and co-curricular opportunities, RCS staff comes alongside our students to encourage them as they grow and seek independence.

Our goal is to provide a structured, nurturing, developmentally appropriate environment, as we assist them with becoming a mature young person.  During these years, we walk alongside the students, and help them become more independent (e.g. use of lockers, dressing out for Athletics, walking to/from classes on their own).  Our desire is to teach them to do all for the glory of God.  



Our focus is on problem solving and the teaching and learning of Mathematical Concepts.  This is the time where teachers begin to transition their teaching from the concrete to the abstract.  They begin to think and to learn to solve problems in their heads.


Novels begin playing a greater role as students begin to learn about plot, characters, authors, settings and other literary concepts.   Literature begins to open the world to thinking about man, about God, about the world and the relationship between each of these.


Students begin to test out electives in the areas of art, music, band and ag concepts.  This is the beginning of a focus for their time in the rest of middle school and high school.

PE / Athletics

Students in 5th grade are placed in a daily PE class.  However, they may participate in track and cross-country.  6th graders are able to participate on other athletic teams as designated.


Students in 5th and 6th grade study Bible stories in chronological order that demonstrate the following: God is the Great Creator.  He sustains life, provides victory, planned and preserves His spiritual family, takes care of travelers, and chooses heroes for action.  Students will learn to see God, chose to be holy and blameless heroes for Him, and travel with His family toward heaven.

Social Studies

The fifth grade history class is the study of the United States from 1565 to the present.  Major highlights include developing a knowledge of God, encouraging Christian growth through the appreciation of sacrifice and belief in the rights of citizens and respect for heritage.  The course is developed through the subtopics built around American history, world history, geography, culture, economics, and government.

The sixth grade history class  provides information about ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.  This curriculum contains maps, graphs, charts, photographs, and illustrations.  A major focus is analyzing the ancient civilizations to the path of Jesus Christ and how decisions in our daily life are relevant even today. Important people in history are highlighted and moments in ancient history are discussed as well as offering hands-on activities that allow the student to experience some flavor of the times.  Included in the Resource Treasury of the curriculum will be primary source documents, an atlas, and a biographical dictionary.


In 5th and 6th grade Science, students study the wonders of God’s creation through Earth Science.  Some units focus on the underlying physics and chemistry of the earth.  At other times, students are actively engaged in understanding the earth itself in terms of plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and rocks and minerals.  Both years investigate the atmosphere and weather.  Finally, our children explore biomes and ecosystems of the world.  Through all of these topics, the foundational principle is that God created this earth to function according to certain laws and because of His perfect physical laws, we are able to study and learn about His perfect nature.


But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name,
 he gave the right to become children of God

John 1:12

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