6th Grade Opportunities

First, welcome to the Academy for Science & Design! This page specifically lists all the exciting opportunities for incoming 6th graders. Part of what makes ASD so successful is our tightly knit and supportive school culture. The courses listed below are all specifically tailored to include 6th graders.

When you've read through the options, you can jump over to the REGISTRATION FORM.


Week 1: July 10 - July 13

Jump Start to Algebra I

Grade Level: Incoming 6th - 9th

Course Description: This course is intended for students who have not yet had Algebra I. Some Algebra I basics will be covered this week to prepare the students to begin Algebra I at ASD, and also some deeper Algebra concepts like factoring will be introduced to give students some advance practice. Although the course is intended for incoming students, previous students may also enjoy this camp for a review of Algebra I concepts, as they prepare to move on to their next math class.

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Building Math Skills for Incoming Grade 6 (Two Week Course: Week 1)

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: We will focus on strengthening skills for fractions and decimals. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions and decimals are important skills for pre-algebra. These skills will be needed over and over again in your math and science classes here at ASD. This course runs for two weeks. It is expected that you also sign up for week 2. This course is also offered Weeks 3 and 4.


Organize Yourself!

Grade Level: 6-8

Course Description: Students can learn how to best organize themselves in order to be successful! They will participate in organizational activities, and also learn some tips and tricks about staying organized. This will also give them a head start on knowing what materials are required for their classes next year.

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Getting Ready for Middle School Writing for Incoming Grade 6

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: Spend some time practicing the art of writing before entering middle school. During this course we will cover many types of writing including expository, argumentative, descriptive and narrative writing. We will also have some time to do some creative writing. This course will be suitable for a student needing to brush up on writing skills as well as a student who simply loves to write.

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Drawing: A Comprehensive Course

Grade Level: 6th - 12th

Course Description: A walk through basic, through advanced drawing techniques, intended to give students a clear understanding of the skills and principals of drawing as related to the everyday world around them. This course is intended to bring clarity and understanding to the art of drawing through means of succinct aesthetic connections and explanation. Students will learn how to accurately represent the world around them through visual cues translated through what they see and filtered down through their implements. Looking at the world is an essential part of life and learning. This course, while being innately an art course, teaches about looking at the world and understanding what you see, a monumentally important aspect of life, and then accurately transposing vision into drawings. Students are welcome to bring any drawing materials they are comfortable with. Charcoal and paper will be provided.


Week 2: July 17 - July 20


Building Math Skills for Incoming Grade 6 (Two Week Course: Week 2)

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: We will focus on strengthening skills for fractions and decimals. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions and decimals are important skills for pre-algebra. These skills will be needed over and over again in your math and science classes here at ASD. This course runs for two weeks. It is expected that you also sign up for week 1. This course is also offered Weeks 3 and 4.

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Organize Yourself for incoming 6th grade

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: Students coming into the sixth grade at ASD can learn how to best organize themselves in order to be successful! They will participate in organizational activities, and also learn some tips and tricks about staying organized. This will also give them a head start on knowing what materials are required for their sixth grade classes next year.

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Storytelling and Public Speaking

Grade Level: 6th - 12th

Course Description: Story Telling and Public Speaking - A journey through various mediums of storytelling including, oral storytelling, speeches and comedey. Improvisational games will be a small section to get students comfortable with talking in front of a crowd. Each students will eventually give a speech or tell a story using the methods taught in the class. Materials are not necessary but a notebook is encouraged.


Week 3: July 24 - July 27

Building Math Skills for Incoming Grade 6 (Two Week Course: Week 1)

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: We will focus on strengthening skills for fractions and decimals. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions and decimals are important skills for pre-algebra. These skills will be needed over and over again in your math and science classes here at ASD. This course runs for two weeks. It is expected that you also sign up for week 2. This course is also offered Weeks 1 and 2.

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Getting Ready for Middle School Writing for Incoming Grade 6

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: Spend some time practicing the art of writing before entering middle school. During this course we will cover many types of writing including expository, argumentative, descriptive and narrative writing. We will also have some time to do some creative writing. This course will be suitable for a student needing to brush up on writing skills as well as a student who simply loves to write.

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The Art of the Graphic Novel

Grade Level: 6th - 12th

Course Description: In this class students will read various works and learn to understand what happens in the imagination while reading a graphic novel. Tradition and technique will be discussed while making connections to other forms of visual storytelling. Students will learn about storyboarding and how many closely related to cinematography comics and graphic novels truly are. As well as reading and understanding the form of a graphic novel, the class will get to choose or create a short story to turn into a one page scene in the form of a comic strip.


Week 4: July 31 - August 3

Welcome to ASD Camp!

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: During the first day of this camp week we will tour the ASD building, participate in ice breaker/ team building games, and begin to get to know each other. The remaining three days we will meet at Greeley Park in Nashua so that we can run around, play team sports such as kick ball, soccer, and dodge ball, as well as tag. Come have a great time and get to know your new schoolmates!

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Building Math Skills for Incoming Grade 6 (Two Week Course: Week 2)

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: We will focus on strengthening skills for fractions and decimals. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions and decimals are important skills for pre-algebra. These skills will be needed over and over again in your math and science classes here at ASD. This course runs for two weeks. It is expected that you also sign up for week 1. This course is also offered Weeks 1 and 2.

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Getting Ready for Middle School Writing for Incoming Grade 6

Grade Level: Incoming 6th

Course Description: Spend some time practicing the art of writing before entering middle school. During this course we will cover many types of writing including expository, argumentative, descriptive and narrative writing. We will also have some time to do some creative writing. This course will be suitable for a student needing to brush up on writing skills as well as a student who simply loves to write.

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There's Philosophy Everywhere! A Life Lesson a Week with Calvin and Hobbes

Grade Level: 6th - 12th

Course Description: A look into the brilliant philosophy of Bill Watterson through his enduring comic strip. Bill Watterson created a voice through which the world could be understood, often so clearly it is as if that understanding came from oneself. At the beginning of every class a Calvin and Hobbes strip will be passed out for students to read. Their job will be to then analyze and muse upon the topics in an open class discussion. Often the topics in a Bill Watterson strip focus on major life dilemmas or simply meaty universal questions. This class is intended to incite critical thinking over those topics and the philosophical themes therein, while using a visual language that creates a comfortable environment in which to learn often thick topics of ethics and other general philosophy. There are no materials for this class except the willingness to participate!


Ready? You can register for courses HERE.