Entering middle school is an important milestone in a child’s education. In 5th and 6th grade, we strive to ensure that each child feels supported and successful during this transition. With their own hallway and dedicated homeroom setting, 5th and 6th grade students feel known and cared for as they acclimate to new environments and expectations. Students’ homeroom teachers oversee the whole-child experience, and they are the primary point of contact for students and parents. Teachers take a stepping-stone approach as they encourage greater independence and self-management. Students are “learning to learn” while building a foundation that will carry them through school and life. Organization, study skills, and collaboration are fundamental parts of this process.
Classes meet regularly to study math, language arts, science, social studies, and foreign languages. Students experience variety in their daily school life through arts education in drama, chorus, and instrumental music; advisory lessons with our counselor; and service learning. Teachers collaborate with counselors, librarians, academic support coordinators, and technology staff to develop dynamic curricula that encourage a lifetime love of learning. Students have a 20-minute snack break each morning and take part in an hour of physical education each day.
Opportunities to practice and experience Quaker values exist throughout the day, as we focus on diversity, community, and finding “that of God” in everyone. We aim for a healthy balance between academics and students’ social and emotional needs. Whether 5th and 6th grade mark the beginning or the middle of a child’s time at Sidwell Friends, we want all students to feel welcome and included as they discover new strengths and seek new challenges.