Let's ask, "Where Am I?" – in my new school, in Washington, DC, in the Chesapeake Bay region, in the United States, and in the universe.
6th grade "Core"
is a year-long literature, history, and humanities course, focused on the Washington DC region and its cultural and natural resources – culminating in a multi-day trip to Richmond and historic Jamestown
is central to Core, and students read at last seven novels a year, as well as shorter works. Students write
frequently and creatively, do an intensive study of grammar, and complete a full-year research
project of their own design. Math 6
helps students develop number sense and connect math to science and the wider world. Students also begin to practice algebraic thinking through "Hands-on Equations
." In Earth Science
, students explore the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere of the Chesapeake Bay region
, with frequent outdoor classes at Rock Creek Park's trails and streams.
6th graders choose between French
both of which are beginning language courses, building towards conversational ability. Students also study the cultures and customs of the French and Spanish-speaking worlds.
A year-long Visual Arts course, Art Explorations 6
includes one trimester each of drawing, ceramics, and mixed media. Also a year-long course, Diving In 6
spans instrumental music, vocal music, and ensemble acting. All 6th graders have PE
every other day.