Runnels | Independent School, Baton Rouge

Upper Elementary Curriculum

Our upper elementary curriculum covers all the traditional core subject areas – math (some students work in above-grade level math classes), reading, English, spelling, science, and social studies.  All 4-6th grade students also choose enrichment classes from a wide variety of electives. In upper elementary grades, students have seven, 50-minute classes per day. Click here for Basic Math Facts Program.

Students in grades 4-6 also participate in our 1:1 computer initiative. They use Lenovo N22 Google Chromebooks, which are streamlined, web-based devices that utilize Google and its Chrome Internet browser for most functions. While the Chromebooks are not to be taken home (they are charged overnight in classroom carts), student accounts are still accessible from off campus. 

Sample Schedule

Grades 4-6 

  • Reading
  • Math
  • English (Grammar, Composition, and Spelling)
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Electives: Art, Band, Drama, Elementary Dance Exploration, General Music, Harp, Health and Physical Education, Introduction to Computer Science, and String Orchestra

Bell Schedule, Grades 4-6

1st 8:30 - 9:20
2nd 9:20 - 10:10
3rd 10:10 - 11:00
4th 11:11 –11:50
Lunch 11:50 –12:10
Recess 12:10 - 12:30
5th 12:30 – 1:20
6th 1:20 -  2:10
7th 2:10 -  3:00


Upper Elementary Electives

Starting in 4th grade, students take elective classes. Choices include Art, Elementary Dance Exploration, Band, General Music, Introduction to Computer Science, Drama, Harp, Health and Physical Education, and String Orchestra. Students selecting instrumental music as an elective take class every day for the full school year. Those enrolled in performing arts electives participate in performances and concerts in the Elementary Drama Room or the 500-seat Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre during the school year.  Visual arts classes include studio work in a variety of media, as well as instruction in art appreciation and art history.  Students taking Introduction to Computer Science (open to 5th and 6th graders) explore coding and robotics, as well as basic computer literacy. 

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