An academic enrichment program for students entering the 6th grade in fall 2018. Students have the opportunity to strengthen existing skills and learn about new areas of study or interest.
Registration for SI Academics is now closed for the 2018 summer.
Rising 6th grade students follow a slightly different schedule from the rest of the summer school students and have their own classes (except for some math classes) and recess together.
All 6th grade students are enrolled in three classes:
- Humanities (English for 6th Graders)
- One math class (Math for 6th Graders or Pre-Algebra)
- An elective
*Please note that SI and all SI Summer Programs will be closed July 4th-6th in observance of the holiday.
There are also optional extra morning classes for grades 6-8 that take place each morning from 8am-8:50am.
6th Grade Classes
All students are required to take English for 6th Graders and one math class. Students will select their math class (Math for 6th Graders or Pre-algebra) during registration.
- English for 6th Graders: In this 6th grade English course, students will practice reading comprehension skills, writing paragraphs, and discussing literature. Students will read a variety of genres, including a novel, short stories, newspaper articles, to discuss and analyze in class. Students will be expected to practice reading comprehension skills, but will also be challenged to go "beyond" by studying theme and characterization. Additionally, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills will be taught out of the study of the texts.
- Math for 6th Graders: This course is for students who are on grade level and want to practice specific skills expected in most 6th grade common core math courses. Students will review and practice working with decimals, fractions, and simple variable equations. Word problems, simple geometry, measurement and reading graphs will also be addressed. This course is especially designed to reinforce solid math skills and practice real world applications of math.
- Pre-algebra: This course strengthens the student's foundation in fractions, decimals, percentages, and operations with negative numbers. Students will also learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide variable expressions.
6th Grade Electives
Students take one elective in addition to the two mandatory english and math classes. Students will select their elective in order of preference during registration. Electives are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis determined by the date your registration is received. Class sizes are limited. You will receive your final schedule on the first day of summer school.
*Students cannot change their elective choices after May 1.
- Mythology: What is mythology? How can we interpret myths? Why are they still so powerful? This course will explore some of these fascinating tales from the past and evaluate various ways in which scholars have tried to make sense of them from antiquity to the present day. Students will also see the influence of Greek and Roman mythology in our English language today.
- Astronomy: There's a new planet in our solar system? Wait, Pluto is not a planet? Our understandings of our solar system are unfolding every day. This class will explore the solar system (the planets, the sun, moons, asteroids, dwarf planets, comets, and stars) and study a range of topics including satellites, eclipses, moon phases, gravity, and the constellations. We will observe many of the summer constellations (the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Scorpio the Scorpion, Cygnus the Swan, the Corona Borealis and Aquila the Eagle, etc.) Weather permitting: the class will also offer one nighttime lab at SI to actually observe constellations, planets, and stars in the night sky.
- Ethnic Studies - We are Family (New this year): This course develops basic skills in cultural competency by helping students explore identity through their own experience, the experience of their family, and the experiences of their classmates. Students will develop an appreciation for their family’s stories and that of their classmates, and begin to explore the complexity and beauty of cross-cultural exchange.
Extra Morning Class
Students entering grades 6-8 can choose to add-on an extra morning class, "Intro to Computer & Internet", for $375. The extra morning class takes place from 8am-8:50am Mon-Fri from June 19-July 20. For more information and to register for the extra morning class, visit http://www.siprograms.com/academics/extra-morning or call 1-800-645-3226.
Dates & Prices
This program has concluded for the season.
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