The Otters (6th and 7th )
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 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 Sample
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, a theatrical production, an architectural model of an ancient Greek or Roman structure, an art piece depicting one step along the Buddhist Eightfold Path made of reused or found materials, and a replica of an old Chinese invention.
The 6/7 maintains a blog to facilitate communication with families. It is where we post photos, assignments, and class descriptions.
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 relationships with teachers, fellow students, and experts in the field.
Field Study enables a deeper understanding of the overarching curriculum through real, first-hand encounters with the natural, social, and built environments in the Intermountain West, where students can be a part of their curriculum in action.
Field Study is not simply “outdoor education” or “adventure-based education.” We aim to explore the people, places, and events that support and create the economic, ecological, and social systems where we live, work, play, and study.
Each Field Study is tailored to the appropriate developmental level of each Band. Academic, physical, social, and emotional, Field Study is an anchor to the adolescent journey.
The costs of all field studies are included in tuition.