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Jump Start for Grade 6

Jump Start is a summer program of fun and educational courses designed to support and ease the transition to middle school for rising 6th grade students attending Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. The program focuses on academic domains critical to middle school success and affords students an opportunity to work with Sacred Heart faculty, get comfortable on campus and come to know a small group of their classmates prior to the start of school. Additionally, participants will receive their SHS tech device so they can begin to work with applications and programs used regularly in 6th grade.

Jump Start 2020 will run from August 3 to August 7, 2020 with classes meeting from 9:00am to 2:00pm Monday through Friday. Attendance is mandatory at all classes. Tuition for Jump Start 2020 is $795.00 and financial assistance is available. 

Course Descriptions

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  • Reading for Understanding

    This course is designed to refine and hone literacy skills for incoming 6th grade students. Students will focus on important skills such as quoting to support ideas, making inferences, determining importance and themes, identifying point of view/bias, comparing/contrasting events or characters, etc. Students will gain exposure to valuable techniques they can employ when approaching reading assignments in all academic domains.
  • Organization and Study Strategies

    The course will focus on key organization and study skills that promote student success in middle school. Topics will include time management, use of a personal planner, prioritization of tasks, and managing electronic files. Students will also learn and practice strategies to study effectively, improve memory, and organize information and ideas. All students will be issued their SHS tech device and personal planner on the first day of class.
  • Writing with Focus and Purpose

    Students in this course will review foundational language skills critical to success in the 6th grade writing program. Students will learn and practice effective strategies to employ when writing in response to a variety of prompts. The following genres will be explored: informative-narratives, informative, descriptive and persuasion. Revision and editing skills will be introduced. Each student will leave with a ‘tool-kit’ of writing tips and resources to help with 6th grade coursework.

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  • Photo of Sarah Coogan

    Sarah Coogan 

    Assistant Principal of Student Life - LMS
  • Photo of Kyler Kalmbach

    Kyler Kalmbach 

    Assistant Principal of Academics - PSK/LMS

Jump Start Tuition Assistance

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton strives to be a welcoming and inclusive community where all members can participate fully in all aspects of campus life, regardless of financial circumstance. If you would like to request financial assistance for Jump Start, please contact the program directors or the Office of EJME directly. If you are not requesting financial assistance for Jump Start, please use the online form to pay your student's tuition by credit card.
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Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12