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Grade 5

Fifth grade is the culminating year of the Primary Years Program at Dwight. It is a year filled with in­-depth research and collaborative learning. Students gain independence as they utilize their educational foundations to explore new ideas. Over the course of the year, students explore topics such as the human brain, leadership over time, states of matter, and systems for food production and distribution. They strengthen their skills in reading, writing, math, and Units of Inquiry while consolidating their knowledge of the PYP in preparation for the Exhibition at the end of the year.

The PYP Exhibition is the culminating experience of primary school marking the transition from the PYP to the Middle Years Program (MYP). The Exhibition is a collaborative project that involves students in identifying, investigating, and offering solutions to real­life issues or problems. Students work as a class to identify an issue or problem and then in small groups closely examine one aspect of the issue. The Exhibition provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning in the PYP and to take action as a result of their learning.

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Martha Hirschman

Head of Lower School
212.724.6360 x220

Jessica Sarnicola

Associate Head of Lower School,
Lower and Middle School Counselor

Contact Admissions

(212) 724-6360 x748

Grades K-12 
(212) 724-6360 x201

Admissions Team

Maryll Spahn

Director of Admissions,
Grades K-8

Liliana Rodriguez

Co-Director of Admissions,
Grades K-8

Melissa Andolina

Assistant Director
& Enrollment Manager,
Grades K-12

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