Sixth Grade Year

Fig Tree Sixth Grade Year is a values- and identity-based field trip program, in which students will explore one key theme: Jewish Identity in Time and Place(es). Students will be challenged to think about Jewish identity throughout history, from Biblical times to present-day America, Israel, and the Diaspora. In addition to classes, students will visit physical places of historical, religious or cultural significance, as a way to more deeply understand the importance of personal and communal Jewish identity.

The 6th Grade Year is an excellent precursor to the Fig Tree B'Nai Mitzvah Program


Similar to our core Fig Tree classes, the Sixth Grade curriculum will cover Jewish holidays, ritual, culture, history and text- and Hebrew will be taught in each lesson. The arc of the Sixth Grade Year will be structured around field trips: with lessons, activities, text and discussion enabling deeper study about the physical locations, their "place" in Jewish history and culture, and their relevance within students' lives. 

Field Trip Schedule 

Families who register for Sixth Grade Year will receive a calendar closer to the start of the Fall semester. We will take one or two trips per trimester, and all field trips will take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required if a student has a conflict. Space permitting, parents/ guardians and siblings may also attend Sixth Grade Year field trips. Admission fees to specific locations are not included in student's registration. 

Field trips may include: the Tenement Museum, Eldridge Street Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Ellis Island, various restaurants and/ or houses of worship, and walking tours in Brooklyn and Manhattan.