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Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade

moving on up

Presbyterian School sixth grade focuses on helping each student assemble the “toolkit” necessary to become a successful learner for the years ahead. As John Dewey promotes in the quote above, students do not arrive at school ready-made. Rather, students engage in the learning process to gain understanding through exploration, learning from mistakes more than easily succeeding. Unique to our community, our sixth grade courses facilitate executive function and logical thought, promoting a growth mindset for learning strategies while mixing in concepts from our Think.Make.Talk. paradigm. The sixth-grade program introduces each student to four main threads of neural development:

  • Making Observations and Drawing Conclusions
  • Planning and Organization
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Children thrive in our program because we provide a safe place to expand knowledge while taking risks on concepts that stretch perspective and processes. We share with each child an expectation for perseverance through the midst of challenging curricular goals rooted in observation and reflection.

About our Advisory Program

We prioritize intentional community building through a custom-built advisory system, assemblies, and school trips. In advisory, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who is their go-to adult in the building for both navigating triumphs and addressing challenges throughout the school year. This nurturing environment extends beyond individual advisories, as students and faculty come together bi-weekly for assemblies to reflect on core values, celebrate growth, and showcase talents. The advisory experience is enriched with lessons from our school counselor, focusing on navigating the complexities of the school year. Activities like community circles, festive door decorating competitions, and reflective exercises around conference times foster a deeper sense of community and personal development. Through these initiatives, we create a cohesive, supportive atmosphere where our goal is for every student to feel valued and connected.

TBarM Class Trip

The mission of the Presbyterian School Outdoor Educational Program focuses on developing confidence in every child through intentional, active experiences beyond the classroom centered on age-appropriate challenges, personal reflection, and spiritual growth. In 6th grade, students spend three days and two nights with their classmates, teachers, and an administrator at TBarM. While there, we focus on building community to last their 6th grade year and set a foundation for their whole Middle School experience. Intentionally shorter than the 7th and 8th grade trips, this retreat is an opportunity for our youngest Middle School students to stretch themselves during team-building activities, develop relationships that might not have existed otherwise, grow closer to each other, and become closer to God. In addition to the intentional team-building activities, students have a lot of fun swimming, playing basketball, pickleball, gaga ball, air hockey, etc. We wrap up every night with a Chapel service that echoes the theme of team building and community, asking students to reflect on how God calls them to be productive members of the 6th grade and the middle school. Students return from camp undeniably tired but with a greater understanding of the community we are building and how they add value to that community.

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Stacking up Confidence
Working as a Team