4832 Highland Ave.

Downers Grove, IL 60515

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday to Friday

6th Grade

6th Grade

Meet Our Teachers

Mr. Laurinaitis | Bio

Mr. McDonough | Bio

Curriculum Highlights

  • Outdoor Education – 6th graders have the unique opportunity to participate in Outdoor Education, a three-day integrated “offsite” learning experience.  The program integrates hands on science, religion, and team building activities in a camp setting, supervised by teachers, trained camp staff and parent volunteers alike.
  • In reading, 6th graders read from a variety of genres to motivate them to develop a life-long love of reading. In language arts, students learn and demonstrate the different writing styles and continue to refine their use of grammar and various steps of the writing process.
  • Science concepts include ecosystems, matter and energy, simple machines, and the early stages of planning, designing, and conducting their own scientific investigation.
  • An introduction to the main historical concepts related to the Empires of the Ancient World is a main focus in social studies.

Middle School Expectations

  • 6th grade students are held to higher expectations of responsibility and accountability for academic performance and Catholic values-based behavior, along with parental and institutional support.
  • Integrated Technology – 6th grade students at St. Joseph participate in an enhanced technology curriculum.  Students receive and use personal Chromebooks for daily classroom instruction. Students and teachers utilize Google classroom throughout the entire curriculum, including content and delivery, collaborative learning, independent research projects, teacher-student communication, assessments, and overall student literacy.
  • In 6th grade, there are many opportunities for students to participate in various academic competitions such as math competitions, Geography Bees, and Scholastic Bowls at local Catholic high schools. St. Joseph School is proud of their exceptional track record at many of these academic competitions.
  • Middle school religious studies require students to participate in an in-depth review of the Ten Commandments with an application to how they affect one’s morality, develop insights as to why all of life is worthy of reverence, explain how God calls us to act in a loving way toward one another using knowledge of the Beatitudes and Catholic Social Teachings, and explore virtues and works of mercy as a method of living the model Jesus gave us.

6th Grade Curriculum