ACADEMICS
Sixth Grade

ENGLISH 6 – LANGUAGE ARTS

Students work intensively in reading, writing, speaking, and listening during the course of each week. Solid foundations in grammar, word usage, mechanics, spelling rules, and vocabulary development prepare students for effective written and spoken communication. Sixth grade grammar emphasizes the parts of speech, the building blocks of language, and how words work together to build effective sentences.

In order to improve verbal communication, students participate in oral presentations, storytelling, poetry reading, literature discussion groups, oral reading, and composition sharing. In-class compositions promote writing fluency and provide the basis for the writing process: pre-writing, revising, rewriting, editing, and publication.

PRE-ALGEBRA

Pre-Algebra bridges the gap between basic math and Algebra 1. Emphasis is placed on the processes used to find solutions, not on the solutions themselves. Topics include whole numbers, decimals, fractions, exponents, roots, equations, order of operations, inequalities, integers, rational numbers, percents, ratio and proportion, absolute value, signed numbers, statistics, geometry, measurement, perimeter, area, volume, and graphing two variable linear equations.

Students will convert between different units of measurement; use different representations of fractional numbers (fractions, decimals, and percent) and change from one to another; develop and enhance varied problem solving strategies; and develop critical thinking skills through examples of real-world applications. Qualified students may be enrolled in higher-level courses.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE 1 – PROPERTIES OF MATTER & GEOLOGY

This science course focuses on appreciating what science really is and how it is applied to gain an understanding of the natural world. The curriculum is presented in a modular format, using project-based activities where students learn the scientific method.

Students conduct laboratory experiments (egg-drop capsules, physical and chemical changes and properties, volcanic processes, and building engineering), perform guided research of a scientific topic, and communicate results through oral and written presentations.

GLOBAL STUDIES - THREE CUPS OF TEA AROUND THE WORLD

“You must take time to share three cups of tea... to build relationships as well as build projects.” — Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea. By vicariously traveling the world, visiting with real-life people, sharing “cups of tea,” and sharing daily realities and dreams, this course teaches students to become better 21st century citizens.

LIFE SKILLS/HEALTH

The Life Skills/Health class is focused on teaching adolescents about themselves and how they learn, think, process, recharge, focus, and what makes them feel emotionally, socially, and physically good and more confident in their daily lives.

The goal is to create lifelong passionate learners, strong and clear communicators and more confident young adults who will be able to advocate for themselves throughout the rest of their schooling and beyond.