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?
- 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?
- Will 6th grade sports be added in middle school?
- What after-school activities will be available to 6th-grade students?
- Math 6: Math In Focus, (current math curriculum)
- Math 7: Math In Focus, Pre-Algebra
- Math 8: Math In Focus, Algebra
A year-long sixth-grade science curriculum is under development based on Next Generation Science Standards (includes Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science).
Year-long language arts curriculum is being developed for sixth grade based on state standards.
Year-long social studies curriculum is being developed for sixth grade based on state standards.
Sixth grade students will have an advisory class, just like other middle school students, which is small, together all year, used for team building, social and emotional learning and anti-bullying education.
We recognize the value of athletics for 6th grade students and we are planning for opportunities to exist. The format is under development and may be a mixture of intramural and competitive league sports.
All Highline middle schools are members of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and have a four-season athletic program. Football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, cross country, softball and basketball are currently offered in 7th and 8th grade at our main middle schools.
Tentative plans include opportunities for 6th grade students to participate in track and field, wrestling and cross country along with 7th and 8th grade students. An intramural sports program may be available to all 6th grade students: boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, flag football, softball, yoga and general fitness.
Sixth-grade students will be able to participate in after-school activities. In addition to sports, middle school activities and clubs may include:
- Homework help, noon and after school
- 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
- Leadership Class
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 seventh and eighth 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.
Students will have the opportunity to take a variety of electives matched to their needs and strengths. This will allow them to explore a wider range of interests and potential career directions and will help them stay engaged in school.
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.
Sixth graders will be challenged to meet the higher expectations that go with middle school. They will be pushed academically by being with older, rather than younger, peers, and they will have the opportunity to develop the behaviors, attitudes, and habits they will need to succeed in high school and college.
- 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)