6th Grade Q&A
- When will the 6th grade transition to middle school happen?
- Do our current middle schools have the space to add 6th graders?
- How will new boundaries affect middle school students?
Districtwide boundary changes go into effect fall 2019, when 6th grade moves to middle school.
- What academic programs and curriculum will be taught in 6th grade at middle school?
- Will 6th-grade students still be able to attend Camp Waskowitz?
- Which middle schools will offer Dual Language?
- Will other language learning be available?
- Which 6th grade sports will be offered in middle school?
- What after-school activities will be available to 6th-grade students?
General 6th-grade classes will include math, science, language arts, social studies, physical education, world language, arts and advisory.
- For the first time ever, all 6th-grade students will take world language. This change is in support of our strategic plan goal for all students to graduate bilingual and biliterate.
- All sixth-grade students also will be enrolled in an arts class. This may include dance, media arts, music, theatre or visual arts. This is more arts instruction time than sixth-grade students currently get in elementary school.
- Advisory is small, together all year and used for team building, social and emotional learning and anti-bullying education.
Dual Language will continue to be offered at Cascade Middle School as well as the new Glacier Middle School in SeaTac and Chinook Middle School starting in fall 2019. Dual language will be offered at Glacier in grades 6 and 7 in 2019-20. Dual language will be offered at Chinook in grade 6 in 2019-20.
Students in dual language who are entering 8th grade in 2019-20 and who live in the Glacier Middle School boundaries will be enrolled at Cascade Middle School.
In addition to sports, all middle schools offer the opportunity to participate in other after-school activities:
- Homework help
- Book Club
- Latino Club
- Polynesian Club
- Black Student Union
- Science Club
- Drama Club
- Art Club
- Robotics Club
- STEAM Club
- Community Outreach Club
- ASB\Student Government
Clubs and activities may vary from school to school.
- Are 6th graders socially and emotionally ready for the middle school environment?
- What does research say about 6th grade in middle schools?
- What are the long-term academic/social pros of moving 6th grade to middle school?
- How will you support students and families with this transition?
- How will you ensure that 6th graders will be safe and secure with 7th and 8th graders?
- How are staff and students prepared to prevent and address harassment and bullying?
Since tens of thousands of middle schools across the nation are grades 6-7-8, there is plenty of data and information about this model. Many school districts in King County and across the state have used this model for many years.
When we completed the study in 2009, though all of our neighboring districts have 6-7-8 middle schools, the school board decided not to make the switch because of the logistical issues involved. However, many middle school teachers have expressed an interest in adding sixth grade in order to have more time to build relationships and to nurture learning in their students. We see this as an opportunity to capitalize on those positive aspects of the 6-7-8 model.
Families and students will have three full years to develop relationships with teachers and staff. This consistency and personalization are especially important during the critical early teen years in a student’s life.
- Who is eligible to teach 6th grade in middle school and how do I become endorsed?
- Who can teachers contact with questions about eligibility and certification?
- Will middle schools receive additional resources to serve the additional students?
Specific Content Area Endorsement
If you are endorsed in a specific content area, you are eligible to teach at the secondary level, but only in that subject area.
Elementary Education Primary Endorsement
If you are endorsed in Elementary Education Primary, you are not eligible to teach at the secondary level.
Eligible Elementary Education Endorsements
- Language Arts K-8
- Reading K-8
- Science K-8
- Social Studies K-8
- Dance 1-8
- Drama 1-8
- Drama K-8
- Music K-8
- Art K-8
Non-Eligible Elementary Education Endorsements
- Math (example: Algebra, Geometry)
- Health/P.E. (test only)
- Library (program + test)
Adding the Endorsement
- Math (test only)
- Health/P.E. (test only)
- Library/Media (program + test)
Testing and Endorsement Resources
Human Resources Contacts
- Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
If I'm interested, will there be an opportunity to visit a middle school?
- Diana Garcia, Director of Educational Specifications & Transition Planning