World Cultures: Western Hemisphere and Europe (Center of focus on the U.S.A, Canada and Mexico)
Daily Geography: Map reading and world geography
Grammar and Writing
Spelling and Vocabulary
Novel Reading (The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildren D. Taylor)
Math instruction concentrates on the rigorous Common Core Standards through a concrete, pictorial, abstract teaching method. Sixth grade students:
Understand ratios and proportional relationships
Apply and extend the number system including real and rational numbers and the division of fractions
Solve algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities
Solve problems of geometry involving angles, circumference, area, surface area, and volume
Develop and understanding of statistics and probability including a statistical explanation of distribution
Science instruction utilizes an inquiry-based method of discovery. Sixth grade students:
Analyze chemical and physical changes and interactions involving energy and forces that affect motion of objects
Explain the organization of living things, the flow of matter and energy through ecosystems, the diversity and interactions among populations, and the natural and man-made pressures that impact the environment
Establish connections among Earth’s layers including the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere
Design and conduct scientific investigations utilizing appropriate scientific tools and process skills
Spanish, Art, and P.E. – 1 hour each week
Religion and Science Lab – 45 minutes each week
Music and Library – 30 minutes each week
Wax Museum Study: The goal of this project is to research a person who influenced the world history. Each student chooses a notable historical figure to research and produce a written report, PowerPoint, and oral presentations at Chapel in front of the whole school.
World's Fair Study: The goal of this project is to study more in depth about the economy, government, culture, religion, geography and global interactions of the country of choice. The students produce a written report and present the results to the school on poster, and in a PowerPoint and oral presentations. The project is celebrated at the end of the year with a luncheon of the foods from the countries researched.
Each quarter, the students will research an area of interest; design and carry-out an experiment; create/invent a solution to a “problem;” or draw or build a detailed model. Each student will present his or her project at school.
Each student researches and presents a Science Fair project.
Camp McDowell Environmentar Center, Nauvoo, Alabama. This "Senior Retreat" takes place in September and focuses on team building skills and environmental studies while hiking and canoeing and camping in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.