The sixth grade at Poly provides students with a smooth transition from the fifth grade into the Middle School in a program that is designed to meet their developmental needs. It is a year of dramatic growth, in which teachers emphasize the development of organizational, time-management, and study skills in an intellectually rich curriculum. Providing plenty of support, the teachers ask students to apply what they have learned in a variety of ways, such as group work, computer assignments, construction projects, labs, performances, debates, and traditional quizzes and tests. All sixth-graders sample a variety of opportunities, rotating through a number of arts, physical education, and Block classes, allowing them to try many different experiences before they begin to specialize. In English, students work to develop their abilities to write more mature sentences and explore world mythology and utopian societies in class texts. History classes focus on ancient and early medieval world civilizations, with an emphasis on improving study skills and on developing engaged young historians. Themes in English and history classes are closely aligned. Sixth grade math focuses on pre-algebra skills and problem-solving processes, rather than just finding answers. In science, students investigate weather, climate, and the fundamentals of geology, engaging frequently in labs and projects. In the sixth grade, students choose to study the World Language that, in most cases, they will pursue through high school. Serving as the first year of a three-year level one sequence, Latin, French, Spanish, or Mandarin classes introduce students to various languages and their cultures. Optional programs, such as Orchestra, Strings, Band, and Cantatori, provide students with additional opportunities beyond the regular curriculum. The school year is punctuated with exciting events, such as the Big Bear class trip, Building Rome in a Day project, and the Medieval Festival. Poly’s sixth grade welcomes students into a safe home in the Middle School and prepares them to succeed as they move forward on their educational journeys.