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Middle School: Sixth Grade

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New York City is the common thread that links all academic study, and our focus is on helping each sixth grader develop the study skills necessary for more advanced, independent work. Classes are taught by a quintet of teachers from different disciplines. STEM

HUMANITIES

How do you get to an answer?

New York in depth

Sixth graders improve their ability to understand mathematical processes, solve word problems, and perform calculations with whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals. This same approach to problem solving guides our study of Earth and Environmental Science. Students learn to form a hypothesis, conduct lab experiments, and then reflect on what worked—and what didn’t.

As a class, we read books that spark discussion of social justice, diversity, and community. Students are encouraged to develop their own voices by writing poetry, memoir, and essays. As a final project, students research every aspect of a New York City neighborhood. The entire class collaborates on a giant 3D map of all five boroughs, complete with QR codes that link to information-rich wiki pages.

Learning Experience

ARTS AND MUSIC

Creative exploration Sixth graders can choose to express their creativity in a variety of ways. They can begin or continue a musical instrument, learn the basics of composition and drawing, and explore the elements of drama through theater games and improvisation. SPECIAL PROJECT

Eggmobile competition and Maker Space design LEFT: Students work independently on word problems while their teacher stands by ready to provide guidance.

Sixth graders learn about force and momentum through this annual contest. Teams of students build vehicles designed to protect eggs while propelling them down a wooden track.

TOP RIGHT: Sixth graders work on assembling the 3D map of New York City, a culminating project in their history class.

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The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...

The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...