Early Middle School

5TH - 6TH GRADE

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, students in 5th and 6th grades will be part of the new Early Middle division. We are excited about this change on our campus and the benefit that it will have for our students at GCA.

Rationale

For some time, we have 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 required a fresh take. After reviewing a variety of forward-thinking school models, we began a series of conversations with our team. The outcome of those discussions led to the conclusion that Early Middle was right for us.

Academic Program

5th and 6th grade teachers are united in their support of this transition and have expressed a great many 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 will be 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 will continue to have a variety of fine arts opportunities including the chance for 6th graders to participate in our annual Storytelling competition for the first time. Students in 5th grade will now be able to participate on certain GCA sports

We know that our students at GCA will benefit from this new division!