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6th Grade Middle School Program

Please note:  If you are interested in having your child(ren) attend our 6th grade program in the 2016-17 year, we encourage you to apply early due to limited space.  Call our Admission Office today, at 320-363-3315, Option3, to learn more about our innovative curriculum or visit today! 


The 6th Grade MIddle School Program is designed for students seeking a challenging and integrated learning experience. Our dedicated and caring teachers, along with a small class size, provide our students with the opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment.  Our innovative curriculum allows students to challenge themselves, both academically and personally.  

Premier Outdoor Learning

The sixth grade students participate in a series of outdoor field trips and experiences, both on and off-campus. This provides the opportunity for students to connect with nature, experience “hands on” learning and develop an appreciation for the natural world around them.  IMG_0293.JPG

Thanks to our partners at Saint John’s Outdoor University, our 2,700 acre campus becomes an outdoor classroom, conveniently located in our backyard!  From learning about the biomes of Minnesota and climate change, to discovering alternative energy sources and the maple syrup process, to exploring a variety of water-related topics.  Students also develop their creative writing skills by journaling the changes they observe each month in their chosen “spot in the woods.” Students may also learn about biomimicry, a science unit involving the study of nature’s models and then using these designs and processes to solve human problems. In other words, innovation inspired by nature. 


In addition, the sixth grade class takes many off-campus field trips to enhance learning, including the ever-popular fall camping trip and an overnight winter visit to an environmental center in northern Minnesota.     

Exploratory World Language Program

Our 6th Grade Program provides students the unique opportunity to participate our Exploratory World Language Program.  The objective of this program is to provide the students an introduction, and foundation, in the three world languages offered at the school, including Chinese, German and Spanish. No prior knowledge of the language is expected.  Spoken communication will be emphasized, but all four areas of language acquisition (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) will be developed. Approximately 10 weeks will be spent on each language.  This enables students to make an informed decision when selecting the world language to continue studying in 7th grade.


Research shows many benefits of music education programs, including cognitive development.  Whether your child is new to music, or is experienced, students in the sixth grade have the opportunity to be involved in band, choir or strings. Individual lessons are provided, at no additional charge, during the school day. While other schools have been faced to cut their music programs, due to budget issues, the music program continues to thrive at Saint John’s Prep!

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes make a big difference! Our 6th grade class averages only 18-20 students each year. 


Visit the Classroom Website

This is a wonderful resource for current and future parents to see photos, student blogs, descriptions of what's happening in 6th Grade and more!  Click here to visit the classroom website.

Visit the 6th Grade Class!

We encourage interested students and families to visit the classroom during the year. Please click on the following link to learn about our "Discovery Days." More Info...

6th Grade Teachers

Mary Anderson is the lead teacher for the 6th Grade Program.  In addition to earning a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction, Mrs. Anderson has 25+ years of experience in elementary education.  The students will also have other teachers for art, music, math and world languages.


Due to limited space in the 6th grade program, interested students are encouraged to apply early. Click here to access the application materials and get started today!  We had a waiting list for the 2015-16 school year.


Tuition for the 2016-17 school year is $8,149. Tuition includes all extra-curricular activities, including our robust music program. Scholarships are available, we encourage all families to apply through  

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