In second and third grades students are actively engaging with their teachers and peers in learning pursuits. They have developed the perspectives, skills, and knowledge to successfully navigate a school day and are able to apply them in new, exciting ways. There is focus on applying their personal preferences and ideas to a community. Students are given many opportunities to learn from each other and to share their knowledge in a variety of contexts.
The second and third grade classes begin to practice leadership skills, spearheading projects such as the Giddens School Postal Service, an interdisciplinary experience that engages the entire community in letter writing through a fully functioning postal service. Second and third graders begin to incorporate their expanding knowledge of the world into their intellectual pursuits, carefully considering the application of new knowledge to a variety of contexts. This allows them to interact with relevant topics of social justice and equity from a place of empathy and a desire to make positive changes.