Sixth Grade

Why a 6th Grade Division?

The concept of a 6th grade division is unique to Denver Academy. In some schools, 6th graders are lumped into elementary schools, and in others they are pushed into middle school. At DA, they get their own division! Denver Academy knows that the 6th grade year is vital to achieving a successful readiness level for the transition to middle school, both academically and socially.

In order to prepare our students for middle school, we spend a good deal of time with the students and teachers in grades 7-8. Each 6th grade homeroom has a middle school buddy class that they connect with throughout the year. Sixth graders also spend several days participating in academic and arts classes in the middle school. These opportunities help ready our students for the years ahead.


Students are placed in one of our four homerooms, meeting them at their academic level and pushing them toward independence, all while providing a safe and nurturing environment. Our highly effective teachers diversify their lessons and teaching modalities while forming a relationship with each student. The 6th grade division has four homeroom teachers, teaching assistants, and a division dean.

In addition to our core classes (Language Arts, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies), each student is taught about Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. Developmentally, this helps each student achieve an understanding of self and an ability to self-advocate—key skills for navigating the teenage years. Character development is also very important and students are taught our core values of respect and responsibility along with the virtues of empathy and resilience throughout the year.

Our Arts & Media department provides each 6th grader with a quarter of drama, art, and music. They then choose their own elective class during the fourth quarter. Students also enjoy physical education and recess every day.

Technology is integrated into the classroom through the use of personal devices and a Mac lab. Students are welcome to bring in their own device, however, we have a set of iPads loaded with educational apps that students may check out. Technology and online etiquette are taught through our character education course, utilizing programs such as Common Sense Media.

New for the current school year is the recent installation of the Campos EPC Smart Lab. The Lab will provide our students in Elementary through 6th grade with the opportunity to pursue project-based learning in the areas of science, math, art, and technology.
Experiential Education is also introduced at the 6th-grade level. Each year, we head to Florissant, Colorado for a three-day overnight trip to High Trails Outdoor Education Camp. Here, we focus on hands-on learning, an appreciation for nature, and a sense of wonder, while fostering the connections of our community. This yearly tradition is a highlight of the 6th-grade experience.

Ultimately, we strive to show students that learning can be invigorating and fun!

Meet the 6th Grade Team

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Lori Hull

    Lori Hull 

    Head of Lower School
  • Photo of Barrie Bodden

    Barrie Bodden 

    Dean of 6th Grade/Director of Summer Program
  • Photo of Sara Bailey

    Sara Bailey 

    6th Grade Teacher
  • Photo of Emily Garbus

    Emily Garbus 

    6th Grade Teacher
  • Photo of Mary Owen

    Kate Owen 

    6th Grade Teacher
  • Photo of Jessica Prezkuta

    Jessica Prezkuta 

    Assistant to Lower School Head/Teacher's Assistant
  • Photo of Ashley Watkins

    Ashley Watkins 

    Middle School Teacher