FAQ: Questions 6th Graders Ask About Learning and Growing at Deal

What courses are taken by 6th, 7th, and 8th graders?
How am I going to know what math class I am in?
Is there a technology class at Deal?
What does International Baccalaureate (IB) mean in simple terms?
How much homework will there be, on average, for each class each night? Will there be homework on Fridays? Will I have a homework journal to write down homework assignments for each class?
Which clubs does Deal offer? When and how often do clubs meet? Are clubs open to all students, including 6th graders?
Which music programs can I get involved in at Deal?
Which sports teams does Deal offer to students? Do you try out for each team? Will all students, including 6th graders, have a real chance to join a team, or are teams mostly reserved for older grades?
Will all students, including 6th graders, be able to go to dances?

Question: What courses are taken by 6th, 7th, and 8th graders?

Subject 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
English English 6 English 7 English 8
Math Math 6 or Pre-Algebra Pre-Algebra or Algebra Algebra or Geometry
Science Earth Science Life Science Physical Science
Humanities World Geography Ancient History U.S. History
Physical Education Health and PE Health and PE Health and PE
Arts Visual Arts/Music Music Visual Arts
World Languages
(Chinese, French, or Spanish)
Beginner Level 1 Level 2

Question: How am I going to know what math class I am in?

We offer all Deal students a thoughtful instructional plan. All of the teachers teach the same information to the students and change their teaching to make sure that they challenge you based on your ability. You will take a math diagnostic to help Deal teachers assess your math skills. Once you arrive at Deal, the Deal teachers and you will make a decision about your math course during the 1st Advisory.

Question: Is there a technology class at Deal?

While Deal does not offer a set-aside period for technology, you will work on technology assignments in many of your classes. Deal students benefit from the most up-to-date technology around, with wireless Internet access, Smart Boards in classrooms, mobile laptop carts, computer labs, and cameras and video! There is also an audio-visual club, where you can learn how to make videos, use computers, and even design websites.

Question: What does International Baccalaureate (IB) mean in simple terms?

The International Baccalaureate at Deal is a philosophy of learning and engagement that guides what we do and how we do it. It is built around the idea of planning education with the student in mind and that teachers do their best work when they work together to make sure that they are connecting ideas for students in their courses. For example, in English you may be reading a book of Chinese stories while you are studying ancient China in Social Studies class to really get you in the spirit of China.

Question: How much homework will there be, on average, for each class each night? Will there be homework on Fridays? Will I have a homework journal to write down homework assignments for each class?

You should expect homework in all of your classes each day, although it will vary by night. Your team teachers (English, Math, Science, and Humanities) meet twice a week to make sure that they do not assign you too much homework at one time. They also try to make sure that they do not schedule a test on the same day. You will have some homework over the weekends, but once a month your teachers decide on a homework-free weekend so that you can enjoy being a kid and spend time with your family.

Deal gives each student an Agenda Book to write down his or her homework assignments. Homework is also posted online on your personal EdLine page. There are also many opportunities during the day during lunch and after-school, for you to receive help on any assignment.

Question: Which clubs does Deal offer? When and how often do clubs meet? Are clubs open to all students, including 6th graders?

Deal offers many great clubs that are open to all students. There is an art club, a fencing club, an audio-visual club, a board game club, a cooking club, drum line, a math club, a reading club, a school play, rugby, a singing club, many sports clubs, student council, a yoga club, and many, many more. If Deal does not offer a club that you are interested in joining, just let us know and we will work with you to start a new club. The clubs meet at different times, some are before school, some are during lunch, and some are after school. And yes, they are open to all students!

Question: Which music programs can I get involved in at Deal?

Deal is very proud of its music programs. We have exciting instrumental and choral options that should meet the desires of any musician! Join the jazz band, the concert band, the drum line, the concert choir, and a show choir! In your 7th grade year, your music class will put on a musical for the whole school and your parents. In addition to these yearlong music opportunities, Deal students also put on a great musical each year!

Question: Which sports teams does Deal offer to students? Do you try out for each team? Will all students, including 6th graders, have a real chance to join a team, or are teams mostly reserved for older grades?

We offer a variety of sports teams for both boys and girls. Some sports, such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, and cheerleading, are competitive and students try out for them. Other sports such as cross-country, ultimate Frisbee, indoor track, outdoor track, fencing club, rugby club, and dance club are open to anyone.

There is an opportunity for all students to participate on a sports team. For each sports team, there will be an approximately equal mix of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This will ensure that all students get an opportunity to participate.

Question: Will all students, including 6th graders, be able to go to dances?

Of course! Sixth graders are a part of the Deal family and will have all of the same opportunities as other Deal students.