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Grade 2

Second grade is an important time in your child’s life. Your child is transitioning from a primary scholar to an intermediate scholar to be ready for third grade. This guide provides an overview of the academic standards and social emotional milestones that your child will experience this year. Academic standards are important because they help ensure that all scholars are prepared for success. This guide is meant to support you in understanding what your child is learning, and provide ways you can speak with your child’s teacher about their progress and growth over the year.

A Guide to Your Scholar's Success

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL - Second Grade Milestones

  • Keep belongings neater at home and school than in 1st grade
  • Conscientious and serious; have strong preferences
  • Benefit from humor and games to help moderate seriousness
  • Need security and structure; rely on adults for help and constant reassurance
  • Inward-looking; can be moody, touchy, sulky, or shy
  • May change friendships quickly and feel “nobody likes me”
  • May not like to take risks or make mistakes
  • Sensitive to others’ feelings, but sometimes tell on others
  • May prefer working and playing alone or with one friend
  • Benefit from advanced warning to any changes in routine at home and school
  • Can get sick from worrying about tests, assignments, etc.
  • Benefit from close communication between teachers and parents to help ensure needs are understood


Q: Who do I contact if I have a concern about my child?
A: First, always contact your scholar’s teacher/s and discuss your concern. If your concern has not been fully addressed, you can contact the school's family liaison or principal.
Q: What can I do if my child seems to be struggling learning how to read?
A: Set aside time for your child to read or to read to your child every day. Ask your child about what they are reading. Ask your child’s teacher what their reading power goal is and are there activities you can do at home to practice. The best way to become a stronger reader is to read!


All scholars learn best when they experience physical and emotional safety in classrooms and schools. Scholars and families should expect to see the following adult actions: 

  • Provide a welcoming environment to support building trusting, encouraging relationships with all families.
  • Prioritize scholar voice and participation in shaping the learning and classroom culture.
  • Teach for understanding to assure scholars have high expectations and academic supports to grow intellectually.
  • Focus on scholar cooperation to encourage scholars to learn from and help others.
  • Implement school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports so that all scholars and adults live out their shared beliefs and actions that make school a safe and fun place to learn.
  • Teach social and emotional learning skills and strategies during morning meetings and reinforce SEL skills throughout the school day.

Getting Ready for College & Career

The ABC's for College & Career Readiness


Scholars who maintain good attendance through all years of school:

  • Achieve grade level standard at a higher rate
  • Graduate from high school at a higher rate
  • Develop good habits that contribute to success in school and in future careers
  • For each day a scholar is absent it takes an average of three days to catch up.

Behavior & Social Emotional Learning

The purpose behind Culturally-Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (CR-PBIS) is to make schools more effective, efficient, and equitable learning environments for all scholars. By teaching scholars expectations and acknowledging positive behavior, adults increase the predictability, consistency, positive climate, and safety of all at school. Social emotional learning lessons are taught and embedded throughout the school year. To learn more about CR-PBIS and social emotional learning at your school, contact your scholar's teacher or principal.

Course Performance

  • Grades K2: Learning how to read
  • Grade 3: Reading on grade level
  • Grade 6–7: Passing ELA and math courses
  • Grades 8–9: Passing Algebra 1
  • Grade 9: Passing grade 9 courses earning 6 credits
  • Grades 10–12: Passing an advanced course (AP, IB, CAMBRIDGE)

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