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Intermediate Grades 3-5

Along with a rigorous classroom curriculum the following programs are used to enhance the educational experiences.

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Accelerated Reader is an individualized computer reading management program that encourages reading, increases reading comprehension and tracks progress. Students read books at their own reading level and are then tested on their comprehension of the books by taking the computer quizzes (usually in the library or their classrooms). The HR library provides the opportunity for students to take a quiz on books that are available to them including most purchased books.

Individual teachers determine what role AR plays in their classrooms. The HR Mothers’ Club supports the AR program with the STAR and License to Read programs done throughout the year.

Follow this link to AR Book Finder to search for Accelerated Reading material using the title, author, and/or reading level of a book:

 AR Book Find

Follow this link to Renaissance Home Connect to look up the books that students have quizzed on and track the points they have earned:  

Accelerated Reader

Foreign Language

Spanish is offered at HRS as an introduction to foreign language and cultures. The classes meet by homeroom for each language for one semester. The classes meet two to Three times per week. Expanding the student’s vocabulary, they will learn the different structure of the language, and they will expand their vocabulary in their own language. We believe that there is an endless source of knowledge easily accessible, to discover the roots, similarities, and to understand the differences between languages.


Students have classes twice monthly. Classes focus on friendship and empathy skills, decision making, coping skills, healthy habits, careers drug and alcohol prevention and personal safety through a variety of activities, games, programs and lessons.


The Quest program is designed to provide learning opportunities for the academically talented/gifted student. This program is a supplement to the general classroom curriculum within the regular school day. The objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Develop the students’ intellectual and creative abilities through challenging learning situations using a variety of processes and applications.
  • Provide learning activities to promote the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, independent research methods and investigations, and advanced communication skills.
  • Assist the students to become more independent and effective learners.
  • Nurture personal growth and skills of interaction and leadership.
  • Promote a lifelong love of learning.