The 6th-Grade Experience

Class of middle school students raising their hands
Quote from Former Prep 6th Grader
A New World of Challenge and Fun

From learning how to manage eight classes and a multitude of assignments to dressing in crazy costumes for Spirit Week, 6th-graders at Prep experience a whole new world of challenge and fun. Starting with back-to-school camps, 6th-graders quickly get to know their advisors, teachers, and each other. Whether taking a leap of faith on a ropes course at Camp Shaver or tackling their long-term LEAP (Learning the Ecosystems of Albuquerque Project), they explore and experiment.

At the same time, our 6th-grade team carefully tracks and supports students to ensure that this entire year of transition is smooth and successful.

At Sandia Prep, every 6th grader takes eight courses: 

Five Academic Courses:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History (World Cultures)
  • Modern Language (French, Spanish, or Heritage Spanish)
One Rotation Course (each 9 weeks):
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Outdoor Leadership Program
  • Digital Media & Communications
One Physical Education Course
One Full-Year Elective:

Assembly, Advisory, and Activity
Along with the 6th-grade classes described above, students attend Assembly four days a week. On Wednesdays, this time is extended to thirty minutes for Advisory, to meet with advisors and fellow advisees.

Twice a week, 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 and important leadership and communication skills.