Kindergarten Through 12th Grade

Information and tips by grade level about what your child will be learning in school, social development milestones, and more.

Preschool & Early Childhood

Choosing a PreK Program

How To Choose a Prekindergarten Program

An outline of the core components that make for a high-quality early childhood education program.

Is Prekindergarten Right for Your Child?

Some common questions and answers on what preK is all about and whether it might be the right choice for your family.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Social Changes: What To Expect

For kindergartners, school is all about having fun and making friends.

Kindergarten Academics: What To Expect

This year, kids are getting ready to read and learn new skills through play.

11 Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Simple ways to get involved and make a difference for your child and the school.

Early Elementary (Grades 1 & 2)

1st Grade Academics: What To Expect

This year, kids will learn to read and will begin to have routine homework assignments.

1st Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

Observant 1st graders love to share their developing sense of humor.

2nd Grade Academics: What To Expect

This year, kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

2nd Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

Kids in 2nd grade become more independent at home and school and more selective about the friends they make.

Elementary School (Grades 3, 4, & 5)

3rd Grade Academics: What To Expect

Students in 3rd grade are meeting higher academic expectations and learning more complex concepts in school.

3rd Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

At this age, friendships and interests outside the family start becoming more important.

4th Grade Academics: What To Expect

This year, teachers move past the basics and students are expected to apply what they’re learning.

4th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

Socializing with friends and getting involved in activities outside of school are a big part of being a 4th grader.

5th Grade Academics: What To Expect

Language arts and especially math get harder this year, and students will be expected to manage their time more independently.

5th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

Kids of this age are seeking more privacy and independence, but they still need their parents to be involved and to set boundaries.

Middle School (Grades 6, 7, & 8)

6th Grade Academics: What To Expect

Students will be using more sophisticated thinking skills, interpreting and synthesizing the information they’re learning.

6th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

This is a year of transitions, from the physical and emotional changes of adolescence to the new environment of middle school.

7th Grade Academics: What To Expect

Academic concepts continue to get more advanced, and students will really need to use their study skills this year.

7th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

The beginning of the teenage years is a confusing time for many adolescents—and for parents trying to understand their behavior.

8th Grade Academics: What To Expect

Classes get tougher, but students still have time to strengthen academic and organization skills before entering high school.

8th Grade Social Changes: What To Expect

In 8th grade, kids enjoy being the oldest students in school and look forward to the increased freedoms of high school.

High School (Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12)

High School: What To Expect in 9th Grade

Freshman year is about adjusting to high school and choosing an academic track.

High School: What To Expect in 10th Grade

Sophomores have more choices at school and may need help to stay focused.

High School: What To Expect in 11th Grade

Junior year is about preparing for college and learning to drive.

High School: What To Expect in 12th Grade

Seniors often struggle to stay motivated as they near the end of high school and look toward college.