Sixth Grade Academy

Looking for something extraordinary?

A new approach to helping your sixth grader grow and flourish during their middle school years.

Is your family looking for a truly unique and empowering sixth grade experience that will set your child on a strong foundation for their middle and high school years? We are pleased to introduce our Sixth Grade Academy, now in its second year. Acclaimed by the Greenville community, the Academy is designed to not only ease the transition of this critical year in your child’s education, but to ensure that they are surrounded by caring and dedicated teachers who create a supportive environment to encourage your child’s love of learning.

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What is the Academy?

The Academy is a new approach to middle school for all incoming sixth graders at St. Joseph’s.

What’s “new” about the approach?

Sixth grade is a significant transitional year for most students. There’s more movement, more teachers, more classes, and of course, there are more students, many of whom are bigger and older. In order to ease this transition, our Academy provides both a unique place and teaching staff for sixth graders during this important time.

So is it really just new space?

Not at all. The dedicated space is merely a means to an end. It allows the sixth grade teachers to collaborate across disciplines much more effectively, while also allowing them to be more responsive to the needs of their students. Within the Academy, the teachers are able to take part of a day, or an entire day if necessary, to reinforce and apply particular concepts, lessons, and information to the sixth grade as a whole. For example, should students need help with math concepts with which they have obviously struggled, the Academy can make that possible. Additionally, this format allows for the sixth grade class to view topical films, hear inspiring and informative guest speakers, and address specific behavioral/social issues that are unique to these students.

Are the students on their own all day?

No. All sixth graders still participate in Middle School Households with seventh and eighth graders, and lunch is still with all students in the cafeteria. Both PE and Fine Arts classes are outside the dedicated space, though only sixth graders are in these classes. There are also opportunities throughout the year where sixth graders interact with other students, making it easier for them to integrate into the wider school community.

Are the classes still single-gender?

Yes. The benefits of single-gender classrooms at this age are well-documented, and we have no desire to lose this important aspect of our middle school education model.

• Dedicated space that includes not only classrooms but meeting space for cross-curricular activities
• Responsive schedule that can change according to student needs within the curriculum
• A focus on team-building and belonging, including activities that help integration into a new school
• More access to Chromebooks and classroom technology
• Virtue and character focus within the curriculum, especially literature
• More opportunities for field trips and guest speakers

To schedule a tour or for more information, contact the Admissions Office.

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