Welcome to the 6th grade at SBMS! As a 6th grade student at SBMS, you will get a taste of Middle School while still enjoying a small class and fewer teachers than the 7th-9th graders. Sixth graders have a homeroom type schedule with Humanities being a double class period each morning.

In addition to the academics of Humanities class (see tabs below), students have a chance to check in with their teacher, hear school announcements, look at schedules, etc. The rest of the day is rounded out with math, life science, and a wide array of electives. Spanish is taught twice a week and Life Skills twice a week. As a student moves through their day as a 6th grader at middle school, they will see 3 main teachers instead of 5.

Students in sixth grade get a unique experience at SBMS because they are with the same students for the majority of their day. They bond as a class and those bonds stick with them throughout the rest of their time at Middle School. Because the students know each other so well, those relationships work to their advantage in all group projects we do, whether it be the interdisciplinary Shark Tank Inventor's Project in January, the mid-year Backpacking Trek in March, the Spanish Fashion Show, or the numerous lab projects in Science. 

Sixth-Grade Curriculum

List of 5 items.

  • Humanities 6

    In Humanities 6, Language Arts is taught in conjunction with Social Studies. Students will explore ancient civilizations through a variety of literary mediums, art projects, and interactive work. Each unit of study will include vocabulary and grammar development, written assignments, focused literary components, creative expression, interactive and technological projects, as well as public speaking presentations. Students will be reading novels, excerpts from non-fiction texts, as well as other primary and secondary sources.
  • Math 6

    This course is fundamentally based on the guidelines of Common Core Math 6 and includes the following units: Ratios and Proportional Relationships; Number Systems; Expressions and Equations; Geometry; Statistics and Probability. These units will be taught through a variety of means including traditional skills practice, technological resources, interactive activities, and real world applications within our science curriculum.
  • Science 6

    The goal for this course is for students to leave with a life long curiosity about their natural world. Therefore, this course envelops many different topics within both life and physical science. Topics include scientific method; animal adaptations within the Santa Barbara Channel; states of matter; density and buoyancy; atomic structure; astronomy; and current events within the scientific world.
  • Spanish 6

    This exploratory Spanish class focuses on culture and beginning level Spanish expressions. Through projects, writing, listening, speaking, reading and video, basic concepts will come to life. A focus on understanding Spanish-speaking cultures at home and abroad will be integrated into language learning to develop students’ intercultural and global competence.
  • Life Skills 6

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

Meet Our Teachers

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Jenna Newburn

    Jenna Newburn 

    Dean of 6th Grade / Humanities, 6th Grade / World History, 9th Grade
  • Photo of Danielle Bean

    Danielle Bean 

    Physics, 9th Grade / Ocean Science, 6th Grade / 6th & 7th Life Skills
  • Photo of Jesse Wooten

    Jesse Wooten 

    Dean of 9th Grade / English, 9th Grade / Spanish, 6th Grade/ Sports / Chess / Ukulele
    Class of 1990
  • Photo of Vicki Lindelof

    Vicki Lindelof 

    Math, 6th & 7th Grade / Electives
  • Photo of Erin Riley

    Erin "Erin" Riley 

    Math, 6th, 7th & 8th Grades / Trip Coordinator
  • Photo of Sue Carmody

    Sue Carmody 

    Admission Assistant / Community Service & Outreach Liaison / Professional Development Coordinator /

6th grade highlights

  • "Inventor's Project" 
  • 5-day Backpacking Trip in March designed to strengthen relationships and build new ones
  • Ongoing Integrated Science and Humanities: Constellation projects, Mummification projects, Human evolution studies
  • Balance between technology and going "unplugged" with pen/paper
  • Marin Expedition