In fifth grade, students continue their journey of understanding who they are as learners and what it takes to be a successful student at Fay. Fifth graders transition from the homeroom model of fourth grade to Homevisory. Homevisory combines the best elements of homeroom and an advisory program, offering a home base for fifth and sixth graders that supports their academic and social-emotional needs. Academics are departmentalized in fifth grade, and students participate in a rich academic program that includes reading, English, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language, music, art, principles of design, digital literacy, and library. Instructional routines and practices are aligned with the developmental, cognitive, and emotional strengths and needs of each particular group of fifth graders, and teachers encourage increased independence and responsibility for one’s learning as the year progresses. Highlights of the year include the transition to interscholastic athletics; expanded options for music classes, and grade-level experiences that help establish, solidify, and celebrate the class community.