6th Grade Academics

Last updated 5/2/2017

What: Academic enrichment program for students entering the 6th grade in fall 2017. Students have the opportunity to strengthen existing skills and/or learn about new areas of study or interest.

Dates: June 19 - July 21, 2017
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Cost: $1,115

This program will be limited to the first 150 students to register. The rising 6th grade students will follow a slightly different schedule from the rest of the summer school students and will have their own classes (except for some math classes) and recess together.

All students will be enrolled in three classes:
Humanities (English for 6th Graders),
 a math class (Math for 6th Graders or Pre-Algebra) and an elective (Astronomy or Natural Disasters)

Math Class (Math for 6th Graders or Pre-Algebra)

Select a math class: Math levels can be changed, if necessary, during the first week of summer school only.

  • Math for 6th grade: This course is for students who are on grade level and want to practice specific skills expected in most 6th grade common core math courses. Students will review and practice working with decimals, fractions, and simple variable equations. Word problems, simple geometry, measurement and reading graphs will also be addressed. This course is especially designed to reinforce solid math skills and practice real world applications of math.  
  • Pre-Algebra: This course strengthens the student's foundation in fractions, decimals, percentages, and operations with negative numbers.  Students will also learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide variable expressions.   

English Class (Humanities)

  • Humanities: In this 6th grade English course, students will practice reading comprehension skills, writing paragraphs, and discussing literature. Students will read a variety of genres, including a novel, short stories, newspaper articles, to discuss and analyze in class. Students will be expected to practice reading comprehension skills, but will also be challenged to go "beyond" by studying theme and characterization. Additionally, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills will be taught out of the study of the texts. 

Elective (Science Class)

List your 1st & 2nd choices; classes are filled first come, first served; both classes will be fantastic!

There's a new planet in our solar system? Wait, Pluto is not a planet? Our understandings of our solar system are unfolding every day. This class will explore the solar system (the planets, the sun, moons, asteroids, dwarf planets, comets, and stars) and study a range of topics including satellites, eclipses, moon phases, gravity, and the constellations. We will observe many of the summer constellations (the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Scorpio the Scorpion, Cygnus the Swan, the Corona Borealis and Aquila the Eagle, etc.) Weather permitting: the class will also offer one nighttime lab at SI to actually observe constellations, planets, and stars in the night sky.

Natural Disasters for 6th graders: 
Where do Tsunamis come from? What makes a volcano erupt? Is San Francisco’s next earthquake going to be the BIG one? Explore the answers to these questions and more in this captivating interdisciplinary course that explores the nature and power of our most feared natural disasters. Topics will include tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and epidemics like Ebola and Measles outbreaks. Learn how these disasters originate as well as how to prepare for and respond to them. Look into the past, present, and future to see how these disasters have affected life on Earth, what we face now, and what scientists predict is coming next. Science, history, action, reading, writing and discussion are all part of this course.

Optional Extra Course (Intro to Computer & Internet) FULL AND CLOSED

  • Intro to Computer & Internet:  (This extra and optional 8:00 am - 8:50 am course can be added for an additional cost of $300.)    
    This beginners course covers keyboarding and a basic introduction to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. 

    No class on Monday, June 19, 2017 since class schedules will be passed out in the morning to all academic students. Class will start on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 8 am.