Grades 5 & 6

The ultimate goal of the grades 5 and 6 program is to foster the emotional and academic growth of each child and to help students transition smoothly from lower school to middle school.

Responsive Classroom

The grade 5 and 6 classroom program utilizes the Responsive Classroom approach. This research-based approach to middle level education, which integrates practical strategies for helping students build academic learning along with social-emotional learning throughout the day. focuses on 10 classroom practices aimed at creating a classroom environment where students feel safe, challenged, and a have joyful place to learn. These classroom practices include: morning meeting, rule creation, interactive modeling, positive teacher language, logical consequences, guided discovery, academic choice, classroom organization, collaborative problem solving, and working with families. Responsive Classroom increases academic achievement, decreases problem behaviors, improves social skills, and leads to more high-quality instruction. Emphasis is placed on student happiness, not only in making the process of their education enjoyable, but also in promoting positive, lifelong learners.

Academic Expectations

The Middle School’s approach to the amount of academic work expected emphasizes quality versus quantity. Teachers expect their students to thoroughly understand the concepts presented and to master various skills. Students take an active role in their own education. Teachers use a variety of learning and teaching strategies, including direct instruction, project-based learning, differentiation, hands-on activities, cooperative and other group methods, inquiry/discovery methods, and others. The pace of learning varies to meet individual needs for each child. Students who need more time are given it, and students who are able to complete their tasks more quickly are encouraged to move ahead.

Differentiated Teaching

At Park, we believe that no two students enter the classroom with identical abilities, backgrounds, experiences, or needs. As the diversity of our students in the classroom increases, the need to reshape our curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices to maximize the learning for all students grows evermore critical. Through varied teaching methods and alternative assessment, all students are given the opportunity to excel, regardless of their individual differences.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

The Park School Of Buffalo

4625 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY 14226
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