Tesseract recognizes that while all Middle School children share certain developmental characteristics, each child possesses distinct talents, aspirations and challenges. Educators inspire students to have their own great ideas and empower their students to take ownership of their work and personal responsibility for as much as the school day as developmentally appropriate. Sixth grade is a fascinating time for students of this age. Following the child-centered introduction to Middle School, sixth graders are more confident and ready to blossom even more.
In the Language Arts curriculum, students continue using the Six Traits of Writing program to build their knowledge and skills in grammar, vocabulary and spelling, as well as formal writing, creative writing and poetry. Greek and Latin roots enhance the students’ word recognition skills, by learning how classic stems attach to words and discover new meanings. Students reflect on what literature means to them, rather than simply responding to a set of pre-designated questions. This allows our students to have personal ownership of their thoughts, which makes reading and literature come to life.
In Mathematics, Sixth Grade students focus on applying learned math concepts to the real world. Students will use a variety of tools including Fantasy Football to achieve content goals. The content focus is ratios, percentiles and proportions as well as extensions, applications and mastery of prior knowledge. Tesseract’s Math program follows the global shift in technology by allowing our students to learn principles using the latest technology and reinforcing learned skills in new ways. Khan Academy and blended learning, which entails using 21st century technology-based skills based on pacing and personalized abilities, allow students to feel successful as they work at their own pace and receive the instruction they need.
classes focus on history, geography, economics and current events through theory-based instruction and hands-on learning activities. Curricular links are forged between the US and other countries to allow the students to become more globally literate and gain first hand exposure to a diverse range of countries. Integrating our curriculum, from social studies, language arts and science to the arts and public speaking, Tesseract students apply their Renaissance study to the annual Medieval Night production. Students dress in authentic costumes and turn the campus into a medieval village, reciting theories, performing scenes and reading poetry for peers, family, faculty and staff.
In Science, severe weather, water, renewable resources and forms of energy are explored. Tesseract recognizes the importance of students developing extensive knowledge of sustainability and how it effects global society. Students are encouraged to “think outside of the box” to explore new ideas and dig deeper into familiar concepts. Class trips and guest speakers revolve around globalization and environmental sustainability, including their spring trip to Heifer International in Arkansas, to form personal connections about living in different cultures and how matters are handled, such as poverty and hunger. These characteristics crescendo throughout Middle and Upper School and into college and beyond.