A number of years ago, a group of Academy teachers got together to redesign an already successful 6-7 curriculum
into a learning experience perfectly suited for students of that age group. The primary goal was to create an experience that would stimulate a joy for learning and encourage students to safely embark on their journey toward knowledge and independence.
The 6-7 Division has a structure all its own and represents a uniquely different opportunity for students, not only in Albuquerque, but within the Academy community. Students entering sixth grade are placed in small "families" which consist of a teacher and about ten classmates. Families meet every day, often eat lunch together, and remain together, with the same faculty "family head" all year. The family head is a little like a parent — a dedicated teacher who knows each family member well.
The sixth and seventh grade classes are each divided into two "pods" of 74 students each. Other activity-dependent groupings of students in this division include villages, clusters, lodges, and grade.
The humor, liveliness, and charismatic nature of the division are fostered by the care, compassion, and dedication of the faculty. Students representing more than 50 different public and private schools come together and are made to feel welcome, important, and part of a special place in which learning occurs naturally across various disciplines.
The unique, non-traditional flexible schedule varies from day to day. Each day begins with a short morning meeting to hear announcements and begin the day as a community.
The vitality of the 6-7 program is highlighted and nurtured by the team approach. Faculty teams in the 6-7 Division plan the schedule, determine class length and size and, most importantly, talk about students and their progress.