Students in sixth grade at St. Timothy’s School work to develop consistency and depth in their work and learning. Striving to strengthen and build on the community established in Lower School and in fifth grade, sixth grade teachers and students create and reinforce bonds through collaborative work and community-building field trips.
Sixth grade students take classes in Literature, Math, Science, Grammar, and History. For World Languages, students have a trimester of Spanish and an introductory semester of Latin. The following year, students will have the opportunity to choose between the languages for seventh and eighth grades.
Choice is an emphasis in sixth grade. For the first time, students can choose two elective classes from a group which includes Science Olympiad, Technology, and Arts electives such as Drama and Art. All sixth grade students take Physical Education.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) in sixth grade is focused on self-reflective behaviors and the development of positive group dynamics. Sixth grade students also participate in a Service Learning class which is the base for the service work undertaken that school year and provides an opportunity for students to reflect on projects and build context around their work.
For many students, the highlight of the sixth grade year is the community-building fall trip to the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly outside of Asheville. There, students work through a number of team-building activities to strengthen their bond as a cohort. We enjoy a number of other social opportunities with our sixth grade students, including a field games activity in the fall and caroling in the winter.