About Sixth Grade

Our sixth graders, having spent years preparing for the role, emerge as leaders in the GCCS community. The environment for sixth grade encourages leadership, responsibility, and activism. With appropriate supports in place, students have more social and academic freedom and take on significant roles in the classroom and school.

Our students extend their potential for leadership to the Rochester community as well. Each year, the class takes on a new and important local “hot topic” to investigate. Teachers expose students to many perspectives on an issue and the class researches solutions developed in other cities around the country and the world. Students prepare a report and present their findings and recommendations to city officials and other stakeholders.

Sixth grade culminates with individual student passage presentations to a panel of school and community representatives.  Students present portfolios of their work and describe their growth as readers, writers, mathematicians, and artists. They reflect on their understanding of the important factors that contributed to the development of Rochester through time, and the roles they are prepared to assume as leaders and crew members in their community.

In sixth grade mathematics, students take on the role of mathematicians as they learn to reason and to communicate mathematically, connecting mathematics to social and scientific research and analysis.

Sixth Grade


Welcome GCCS Class of 2018!



  • Bring in winter gear for recess!
  • I AM writing task for Ms. Whitis due, due 1/23
  • Inheritence Traits packet, 1/17
  • Read pages 41-51 in The Crossover; be ready for entry ticket!
  • Running low on snack! Running low on pencils!


January 12

December 15

December 8

December 1

November 17

November 3


Students wishing to enroll in RCSD schools, please be sure to apply before the deadlines!

RCSD secondary school choice application is due March 2, 2018.

School of the Arts: Application Deadline is Dec. 15, 2017

World of Inquiry/ #58: 7th Grade Recruitment Event, Jan. 9, 5-8 pm

Wilson HS/ International Baccalaureate MYP: 7th Grade Recruitment Event, Jan. 19, 6-7:30 pm

East HS/ Lower School: 7th Grade Recruitment Event, Jan. 4, 5:30 pm

School Without Walls: Contact SWW at 546-6732 to arrange a visit.

Integrated Arts & Tech HS: 7th Grade Recruitment Event, Jan. 11, 6-7:30 pm

Urban-Suburban Program (RCSD residents only): Application deadline in February 9, 2018.

Sixth Grade Classroom Expeditions

Season: Winter School Year: 2017-2018

Keeping with the year-long theme of Bridges and Barriers, the winter expedition will focus on identity - helping students understand and embrace the complicated, multiple, and unique identities that describe who they are. Only through this work can sixth-graders go on to understand and empathize with their classmates and with the members of our community at large. Investigations around race and class will give students the tools to understand how disproportionate equity and opportunity are within our city. Students will examine their own identities with the intention of better understanding each other and the world around them. Students will spend the latter half of the winter expedition working with local artists and storytellers, interviewing and collecting stories from people across the city to better understand their struggle to succeed and their hopes for our city’s renaissance. Sixth-graders will share their experiences through monologues and poetry that capture the ideals and reality of Rochester’s renewal.


Sixth Grade
Chris Dolgos – Teacher

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Alexis Stubbe – Teacher

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Melissa Jones - Teaching Assistant

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