Academics

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.

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Students are placed in one of our three 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 three 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 is taught through our character education course, utilizing programs such as Common Sense Media.

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 6 members.

  • Lori Hull 

    Head of Lower School
    Bio
  • Barrie Bodden 

    Dean of 6th Grade
    Bio
  • Emily Garbus 

    6th Grade Teacher
    Bio
  • Sara Krell 

    6th Grade Teacher
    Bio
  • Kate Owen 

    6th Grade Teacher
    Bio
  • Jessica Prezkuta 

    Assistant to Lower School Head/Teacher's Assistant