In fourth grade, students continue their journey of understanding who they are as learners and what it takes to be a successful student at Fay. Students begin each day in homeroom groupings, which are created to support the learning and personal welfare of each child. Students meet with specialists for all core academic instruction, which includes language arts, mathematics, science, foreign language, music, art, physical education, and library. Students participate in a lively academic program that includes direct instruction, class discussions, investigations, and projects. Instructional routines and practices are aligned with the developmental, cognitive, and emotional strengths and needs of each particular group of fourth graders, and teachers encourage increased independence and responsibility for one’s learning as the year progresses.