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Exploratory Class Information

Sixth Grade Classes at SMS

What are classes like in middle school?

All sixth-grade students have seven class periods per day.  They take four required core classes: math, language arts, science and social studies.  They take one required year-long PE/health class and one exploratory class.  We automatically enroll students in the required classes but ask them to choose their exploratory classes.

The last period of the day is Advisory class, where we engage in academic, socio-emotional, and school-wide culture building.

Your student will choose one exploratory from these two options:  

  1. Music Pathway - students take Band or Choir as a year-long course.  
  2. Exploratory Rotation - students take four quarter-long courses:  Art Exploration, Creative Writing, Digital Media, Music and Movement.

Registration for your exploratory option is completed online via FamilyID

Music Pathway

Exploratory Rotation