Utility Container

Mobile Menu Trigger (container)

Off Canvas Container (Do Not Edit)

Site Info Container

Fifth & Sixth Grade

In a departmentalized program with four core subject teachers and a robust advisory program, students tackle challenging problem-solving, long-term projects, and in-depth studies of language arts, math, social studies, and science.

Students engage in cross-curricular work through block periods of American Studies (Language Arts and Social Studies) and STEM (Math and Science) and engage in investigations that require focus, collaboration, and higher-level thinking skills. With an emphasis on process as much as product, students continue building self-reflection skills to monitor their growth and progress. In addition, students explore expanding leadership opportunities to advocate for themselves and others.


Language Arts

  Fifth Grade       
  • Vocabulary study - word choice accuracy, determining meaning, and building comprehension
  • Using multiple print and digital sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic
  • Writing multi-paragraph pieces and applying organizational structure appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • Annotation and active reading strategies
  • Drawing evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
  Sixth Grade            
  • Making inferences, analyzing, and synthesizing information effectively
  • Citing textual evidence to support analysis
  • Narrative techniques - dialogue, description, and pacing
  • Clarifying relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence
  • Command of grammar and mechanics - capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
  • Outlining, editing, conferencing, and revising written work
  • Word relationships and nuances in word meanings




  Fifth Grade  
  • Equivalent expressions - multi-digit multiplication and division
  • Comparison and order of fractions and decimals
  • Operations - fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Data and probability
  Sixth Grade    
  • Order of operations
  • Evaluating algebraic expressions
  • Exponential expressions
  • Rate and proportion



Social Studies

  Fifth Grade    
  • Building understanding of self and others - multiple aspects of identity and cultural identifiers
  • Native and Indigenous voices and experiences, past and present 
  • Black and African-American voices and experiences, past and present
  • Study of the three branches of U.S. government and Bill of Rights
  Sixth Grade      
  • Communication and relationships across difference
  • Inclusion and exclusion within American identity and the effects of upstanders and activists
  • U.S. government - immigration structures, views, and policies over time
  • U.S. immigrant voices and experiences, past and present



Science and STEM/Maker

  Fifth Grade    
  • Motion, stability, and energy - forces and interactions
  • Earth systems 
  • Human body systems and development 
  • Engineering design 
  Sixth Grade    
  • Classifying matter - properties of matter and atomic composition
  • Earth and human impacts 
  • Photosynthesis, DNA, and cellular biology 
  • Engineering design



Anti-Bias Education 

  Fifth Grade 
  • Dominant culture and assimilation
  • Microaggressions
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Environmental racism
  Sixth Grade
  • Systemic/institutional oppression
  • Marginalization
  • Intersectionality
  • Homophobia and transphobia
  • White supremacy
  • Uprising