Second grade instructional programs at O´Shea Keleher Elementary are committed to helping each child meet the academic and intellectual competencies expected at this grade level and become active, engaged learners in a classroom setting. The second grade program builds on the skills and knowledge children have learned in preceding years. It encourages critical thinking, creativity, and respect for self and others. The manner of instruction—motivation, grouping, pacing, reinforcing, and reteaching—is determined by each teacher as he or she works to meet individual student needs. Expectations are, of course, modified or expanded to meet a child's needs and abilities.