As our sixth graders conclude their Lower School experience and prepare for their transition to the Upper School, they continue their journey of understanding who they are as learners and what it takes to be a successful student at Fay. Sixth graders start each day with Homevisory, which combines the best elements of homeroom and an advisory program and offers a home-base for sixth graders that supports their academic and social-emotional needs. Academics are departmentalized in sixth grade, and students participate in an engaging program that includes reading, English, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language, music, art, principles of design, digital literacy, and library. Instructional routines and practices are aligned with the developmental, cognitive, and emotional strengths and needs of each particular group of sixth graders, and teachers encourage increased independence and responsibility for one’s learning as the year progresses. A highlight of the year is a grade-level experience that provides closure to Lower School as students look forward to entering the Upper School in the fall.