In second grade, teachers continue to foster children’s intellectual, social, and emotional growth. The academic program focuses on solidifying foundational skills while challenging children to think critically and creatively about their learning. Students continue to work in small groups and one-on-one for reading and mathematics, and they become increasingly responsible and independent as they work on individual and group assignments. As the oldest students in the Primary School, second graders begin to emerge as leaders and become more confident advocating for themselves in friendships and social situations. By the end of second grade, students are ready for the transition to third grade and the new challenges of Lower School.