The 6th Grade Experience
While a Sandia Prep 6th grader is enrolled in 8 classes, she or he attends just 7 of those classes each school day. The SPS schedule rotates, so each day is a bit different than the one before. Most 6th graders adapt well within the first week or so of school.
6th Grade Courses
Every 6th grader takes:
- Language arts (reading)
- Language arts (writing)
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Elective Rotation
- Study hall and/or band, chorus, guitar, or strings
Assembly, Advisory, and Activity
Along with the classes described above, students attend Assembly every Monday and Thursday morning at 9:40. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings students will have a 15 minute break to eat, consult with a teacher or relax. Every Wednesday teachers meet with their advisees during a 30-minute Advisory period. Twice during each six-day rotation (see Daily Schedules), we set aside time for Activity period. This is a special time for students and teachers to enjoy various pursuits (rocketry, Model UN, theater, newspaper, Supercomputing Challenge and Mock Trial, for example) while building relationships.
At Sandia Prep, every day is new and different. Our schedule allows time for academics — as well as activities and conversations with teachers. It allows students to know one other and form the strong community for which Sandia Prep is known.