The Otters (6th & 7th)

About The Otters (6th & 7th Grades)

The Explorers or Otters are ready to jump in and discover new lessons about the world. They want to get their hands dirty with tangible experience, while still inhabiting an inner world of childhood magic. The 6th and 7th grades represent the transition from childhood to adolescence. This is a dynamic and flexible age in which students’ critical thinking skills are maturing as they move from a mindset dominated by concrete thinking to a new, abstract mode of understanding. As a result of these changes, we give them opportunities to explore story and mythology, create artistic products, build and understand how things work, and to begin mastering the tools needed to thrive beyond The Sage School. These experiences tap into the Explorer’s natural energy and desire, while keeping learning fun, engaging, and meaningful.

Daily Schedule

The 6/7 schedule creates a daily experience where students thrive in an environment that provides a challenging, authentic curriculum centered on human ecology, math, writing and Spanish. Throughout the week, the Otters’ schooling includes many experiences designed specifically to promote...READ MORE

Curriculum Chart

Because of our two-grade band structure, we have the good fortune to teach our students for two consecutive years. Each year of this two-year cycle we focus on a distinct Human Ecology curriculum. The 6/7 curriculum charts demonstrate a detailed...READ MORE


Otter teachers are mentors and coaches who help students balance their need for support with their need for independent exploration. The foundation of teaching the otters is forming open, candid, and playful relationships. 6/7 teachers enjoy this stage of adolescence...READ MORE

Band Parents

The idea and implementation of Band Parents has been a work in progress at Sage for several years. Band parents are intended to be a resource for new parents, other band parents, and another friendly face in the crowd. They...READ MORE

Student Work

In the 6/7 band, student work is often but not always in the form of physical creations, oral presentations, written compositions or artistic expressions. Some examples of Human Ecology Class Projects are; an autobiography, a family history podcast or movie,...READ MORE

Field Study Overview

Each year, students spend between 20 and 25 days “In the Field” in what we call Field Study. These experiences serve many roles: to ground the year academically, to immerse the students in special areas of focus, and to build...READ MORE