At Escontrias Elementary the second grade instructional programs 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. Our second grade teachrs build on the skills and knowledge children have learned in preceding years. They encourage 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.