Fifth grade is a very important year in a student's academic career as they complete the intermediate years of school and begin preparing for the challenges of junior high. Fifth graders learn to become independent and responsible for their own academic progress through the support of both the school and parents during this time of transition. The curriculum is challenging and meets the standards set by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the State of California. Religion class is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and focuses on doctrine, scripture, and liturgical lessons. The fifth grade math program follows the common core standards and fosters curiosity and problem-solving skills. The students learn about fractions, decimals, geometry, algebraic thinking, and more. In reading class students explore many different literature genres and analyze the elements of good literature. Students work hard studying grammar, sentence construction, and parts of speech and apply what they learn to several types of essays. Social Studies finds the students adventuring with the explorers and discovering a new continent. This journey continues through the founding of the colonies, the revolution, forming of a new nation, and the westward movement. The science curriculum includes three main categories: systems of living things, weather and space, and matter and its properties. The students are also fortunate to have classes in art, music, computer, Spanish, and physical education. Fifth grade is a year to remember at St. Pius School.