Early Middle School

5TH - 6TH GRADE

The Early Middle division, designated for 5th and 6th grade students, offers tremendous benefit and opportunity to develop important skills during this critical life stage.

Rationale

The GCA administration recognized the disparity between 5th grade’s inclusion in Lower School and 6th grade’s inclusion in Middle School. Both grades bear a resemblance to one another and the developmental needs of these students are unique. After reviewing a variety of forward-thinking school models, a series of conversations began with our team. The outcome of those discussions was the conclusion that Early Middle was right for GCA.

Academic Program

5th and 6th grade teachers are united in their support of this model and have employed many creative ideas on how to best meet student needs. While continuing the traditional instructional practices that these teaching teams have become known for, a heavy emphasis is placed on the development of crucial skills Early Middle students will need as they make their way to Middle School and beyond. This includes study skills, use of lockers, time management, social engagement, and host of other executive functioning tasks.

Enrichment and Extracurricular Activities

Students are engaged in a variety of fine arts opportunities including the chance for 6th graders to participate in our annual Storytelling competition. This division also allows 5th graders to participate on certain GCA sports teams.