The theme in sixth grade is "Oppression, Resistance, Power, and Identity."

Sixth graders are the adults of childhood, just beginning to come into a sense of themselves in the larger world. Therefore, our curriculum focuses on cultivating the attitudes and aptitudes needed to become active, compassionate, and clear-thinking community members. Throughout the year, we pursue the concepts of power and freedom as we delve into the Triangle Trade and slavery in America. We also explore concepts of space and identity through our integrated STEM and Humanities curricula. Through our curriculum, we spark students’ natural curiosity and enthusiasm for the world of ideas.
The sixth grade English curriculum fosters an appreciation for the power of language as a tool for conveying information, communicating ideas, and capturing experiences. We begin with the idea that humanity has a rich and diverse tradition of storytelling. Drawing on fiction and nonfiction mentor texts, students build a dynamic knowledge of literary elements, grammatical concepts, and rhetorical devices that inform their engagement with reading as well as their approach to their own writing. Throughout this exploration, students develop their abilities as readers, writers, critical thinkers, collaborators, and oral communicators as they tackle a wide range of projects and challenges.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM)
The sixth-grade math program creates a solid foundation in computational fluency, problem-solving skills, and conceptual understanding, with an emphasis on real-life applications. Through understanding the characteristics and truly grasping the definition of different concepts, students are able to expand their concrete understanding and apply these concepts more abstractly. Students work individually, in partnerships, and as a full class group on various challenges and projects.

Meet the Sixth Grade Teaching Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Sarah Bookstein

    Sarah Bookstein 

    Grade 6 Co-Teacher
  • Photo of Kathleen Boucher-Lavigne

    Kathleen Boucher-Lavigne 

    Grade 6 Teacher


Grade 6 offers girls' and boys' soccer, co-ed field hockey, and cross country in the fall, girls' and boys' basketball in the winter, and girls'  lacrosse in the spring.


Grade 6 offers a plethora of activities, including a variety of electives (baking, mountain biking, volleyball, gaming, gardening and more), MathCounts, chorus, Model United Nations and the CRS Speech Team.
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.