Sixth graders are the ”seniors” of lower school and are prepared for next year’s transition to upper school by being expected to be more independent, responsible, and organized. Good study skills and time management are emphasized.
Different genres and literary elements are explored through the text, novels read together as a class, and independent reading. Hands-on projects give students an opportunity to creatively share about the works they have read.
In history, students learn about the major civilizations and accomplishments of the ancient world, then overview the countries and cultures of Europe and Russia. Activities such as writing on clay tablets, simulating the mummification process, and making travel brochures help students to imagine life in other times and places.
Sixth grade math goes beyond the basic operations learned up until this point and introduces more advanced math concepts which lay the foundation for upper school math courses.
Students write descriptive, narrative, research, and other types of writing with an emphasis on applying grammar rules and techniques used by authors they read to make writing clear, interesting, and effective.
Various field trips throughout the year enrich student’ learning in different subject areas. Class parties at different holidays and at the end of the year are always a highlight for students. Also, sixth graders enjoy for the first time the opportunity of participating in the school’ various sports teams.