The Lee-Scott Academy Elementary division nurtures the continued growth and development of our students in first through sixth grade. First through fifth graders are housed in our main elementary building. Sixth grade is located in a separate wing.
Lee-Scott Academy has intentionally chosen to keep sixth grade part of the elementary school, because we think these students benefit from one more year of childhood culture and experiences. Sixth graders continue to develop leadership skills and a degree of independence. This philosophy was reinforced by a by a study from Duke University (Should Sixth Grade be in Elementary or Middle School? An Analysis of Grade Configuration and Student Behavior.” Terry Stanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University, 9 Feb. 2007.) The study concludes that moving sixth graders to middle school leads not only to increased behavior problems but also to reduced academic performance, both in sixth grade and later on.
Throughout our elementary classrooms, students are engaged in rigorous, student-centered academic programs that provide them opportunities to think critically and apply their skills at challenging levels. Realizing the value of strong study skills and a commitment to academic excellence, faculty often ask students to work in collaborative groups, participate in research, and engage in problem-solving which serve to promote the development of the total child.
Elementary classrooms in grades 1-5 utilize grade level carts of iPad 2's. This spring, the LSA Board of Trustees approved the expansion of the 1:1 iPad program to sixth grade for the 2013-2014 school year. Students entering grade six will need an iPad 2, 16 GB with Wifi (minimum specifications) on the first day of school in August. A mobile laptop cart equipped with MacBook Airs is available for check-out by all elementary teachers. This summer, our Elementary Technology Center has been re-designed with new equipment - MacBook Air laptops and iPads - and new furnishings that capitalize on the mobility inherent in a wireless, laptop lab environment.
As students pursue excellence in both our academic and enrichment programs (which include foreign language, art, music, technology and library) they become aware of the importance of leadership, character education, and service to community. Students transition to seventh grade with poise and confidence because they are aware of the partnership and support system provided by their families, the faculty, and the administrators involved in the elementary division.