Beyond 5th Grade

Who will they be as a fifth grader?

We don’t yet know who your child will be as a fifth grader when they are just entering kindergarten. Most families apply to Aurora when their child is quite young and are able to reevaluate their middle school choice based on who their child is in the fifth grade.

Will she be a serious mathematician who wants to attend a school with a Math Club? Will sports be his focus for choosing a Middle School? Maybe music calls her and she’ll want to go to a school where she can play in a jazz band.

Our students apply to and visit many different Middle Schools in the area

Choosing a middle school

This is a valuable process that engages our fifth graders in taking the lead to create their future. They have learned to be thoughtful and self-reflective about who they are as learners and what is important to them in choosing a school.

We work with our fifth grade families to support them through the Middle School Admissions process

Positive role models and leaders

Aurora alumni have paved a broad path for the future generations of Aurora graduates. Our alumni are positive role models and leaders in their middle school and high school communities. Consequently, our current graduates are in demand.

This chart reflects a list of all the middle schools our graduates have attended in the last five years.

We host a Middle School info night and an Alumni Panel for our fifth grade students

Beyond Aurora

Middle schools attended by the Aurora School classes of 2012–2019:

Prospect Sierra School
Park Day School
Head-Royce School
Oakland School for the Arts
Julia Morgan School for Girls
Redwood Day School
Beacon Day School
Black Pine Circle
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic School
The Athenian School
East Bay School for Boys
Montera Middle School, Oakland

Raskob Learning Institute
St. Elizabeth School
The Berkeley School
Bancroft Middle School, San Leandro
Bentley School
Canyon Elementary School, Canyon
Claremont Middle School, Oakland
Contra Costa Jewish Day School
East Bay Innovation Academy
Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland
San Carlos Middle School, San Carlos
Tehiyah Day School

Our 4/5 Teachers along with our Admissions Director work with our fifth grade families to support them through the Middle School Admissions process.