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6th Grade Leadership Academy


Our 6th Grade students will journey with our stellar faculty into an exploration of what it means to be a servant leader. With monthly field trips planned throughout the year, students will be challenged to analyze who inspires them, and to study myriad forms of leadership. As they learn from the gifted leaders they will be meeting, each student will be given a leadership journal in which they will begin to map out what kind of leader they are called to become.

Sample Field Trip

Students attend chapel at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, then have a private lunch with Dr. Scott Lisea, the campus Chaplain. After lunch they meet with owner/engineers at Launchpoint Technologies in Goleta and learn about the dedication it takes to create innovative technologies such as drones or pediatric heart pumps. The next day students log their lessons learned in their leadership journals and discuss lessons applicable in their own lives.

A Servant Leader

Relate to others in a spirit of humility

Know what is good, true, and honorable.

Lead a team to accomplish specific goals.

Recognize & serve our neighbors who are in need.

Resist peer pressure by being anchored in Christlike character.

Stand for what is right with courage and integrity, even in the face of adversity.

Respect people of different opinions/beliefs, while develop & advocate for own convictions.

"quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”  
- James 1:19
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The 6th Grade Leadership Academy features academics that exceed grade level and includes Makerspace, Outdoor Classroom, Music, Spanish, and PE.


English Language Arts

Our sixth graders work towards becoming resilient readers who read for school as well as pleasure. ELA instruction incorporates classic and contemporary literature and non-fiction, informative works to teach techniques and strategies for more advanced reading comprehension and analysis. 6th-grade writing focuses on organizing ideas and reasoning into paragraphs that support the theme or purpose of the piece. Editing and proofreading and using and citing reference sources are emphasized.


Mathematics in sixth grade involves operations with whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals; numerical expressions, algebraic expressions and equations, coordinate plane, graphing data; problem solving and algebraic thinking; continuing to develop and practice endurance and persistence; the use of technology such as calculators and laptops to help solve problems; and taking notes in math journals.


Sixth grade students dive into the history of ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and the Persian Empire. Students learn to take detailed notes on every unit and work on a variety of projects paired with each chapter throughout the year.  


Our science curriculum uses hands-on investigations, vocab-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to inspire students to think, read, write, and argue in the science and engineering world. Sixth grade students work through an increased number of science units studying microbiomes, metabolism, the role of genes in traits and reproduction, energy, oceans and atmosphere, weather events, and changing climate.

Academic Highlights

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