Sixth Grade: Our Capstone Year
In their capstone year at NPS, Sixth Grade students bring together knowledge and skills from previous years and push themselves to new levels as the leaders of the school.
Sixth Graders serve as Chapel Leaders, assembly presenters, admissions ambassadors, and role models to their Second Grade buddies. They may elect to be a Core Cardinal or Student Council member, write for the school newspaper, lead performances as a Chorus or Handbell performer, or participate in NPS sports or the School Musical. No matter the task, NPS Sixth Graders are encouraged to look for ways to include others and model leadership and the Core Values for the rest of the school.
A major emphasis in this year is the importance of perspective-taking in order to understand themselves, others, and the world in a more nuanced and empathetic way. Group research projects on global issues give students the opportunity to expand their thinking beyond their own experiences and to practice the important work of engaging with their own values, beliefs, and assumptions. Sixth Graders continue to build a strong academic foundation that will carry them successfully into their lives after NPS, but they are also pushed to be independent and flexible thinkers through creative writing projects, book clubs, and problem-based learning.
Students also continue to focus on their understanding of their own social and emotional selves during this time of transition to middle school.