The fourth grade at PBDA marks an important transition, both academically and developmentally, from elementary school to middle school. To help students better acclimate to new surroundings and expectations, the fourth grade classrooms are situated adjacent to one another in the close-knit “Fourth Grade Pod,” a similar set-up to the “Third Grade Pod” on the Lower Campus.
Through place-based learning, historical novels, and field experiences, students are provided with a challenging, interactive journey through Florida’s history. Highlights of these outside-of-the-classroom explorations include visits to Grassy Waters Preserve and Palm Beach Preservation Foundation’s Pan’s Garden, among others.
Each day, students participate in a coed, multifaceted P.E. program that includes large and small group games and activities, serving as an introduction to team sports. Each week, students take a rotation of music, drama and art classes, and all students are required to take either Spanish, Mandarin or French.