Most importantly, our students are encouraged to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, while they evaluate and grow in their faith through service, retreats, weekly Mass participation, leadership opportunities, and we begin the preparation for the students to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Additionally, the students are introduced to a wide variety of prayers in the classroom. In the 7th grade, our classroom discussions center on the life of Christ and his universal call to evangelization.
In 7th grade students will read short stories, poetry, and novels of all genres by both classical and current authors. Students will recognize, demonstrate, analyze, and discuss language, character traits, plot and other literary devices. As students examine the structure of fiction and nonfiction, they will continue to interpret and develop their vocabulary through context clues, demonstrate an understanding through the use of supporting evidence, and advance their analytical thinking. Class discussions, small group responses, personal reflection and self-monitoring strategies will be used to help with reading comprehension, critiquing, and fluency.
This course prepares students for success in English Composition through active reading, critical thinking, and the writing process with attention to the grammatical concepts that affect clarity and style. Topics covered within English include critical thinking strategies, active reading strategies, and well-developed paragraph construction. This course emphasizes the development of specific writing types: arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Students demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use. A variety of literature and informational texts serve as models to improve writing skills.
On level 7th grade math studies the relationship between ratios and proportions, percent, integers and rational numbers. We explore expressions, equations, and inequalities while studying geometrical figures with area and volume. Probability and statistics are introduced using dice games and sports statistics.
Accelerated Math studies 7th and 8th grade math standards covering language of algebra and all operations with integers, rational numbers, powers and roots. We study the beginnings of functions and solving systems of equations with graphing and algebraically. Sampling and inference are practiced with probability and statistical analysis. The year ends with congruency, similarity and transformations of geometric figures.
The 7th Grade students focus on Earth Science with exploring the cycles and patterns of the Earth and Moon. More specifically the different rock/soil layers, Earth’s physical layers, geological processes that formed the Earth, climate, moon phases, ocean currents, and Earth’s geological time scale.
7th grade students explore the five themes of social studies (culture, economics, geography, government, and historical perspective) as they study America. Writing, projects, performances, class discussion, note-taking, field trips, videos, music, research, and maps etc. are used in their exploration of the time period that starts with the Revolutionary War and stops with the turn of the century and the Second Industrial Revolution.
The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade World Language Program includes French, German and Spanish. Students are encouraged to study the language that most interests them. 6th graders attend class 2 times a week. The Junior High program provides daily, comprehensive instruction equivalent to Level I at secondary schools. Upon completion, qualified students are able to continue to Level II as they enter their freshman year in high school. Our program exposes students to foreign culture, cuisine, conversation, and grammar as the exciting activities, lessons and field trips facilitate an environment rich in global diversity and a passport to lingual fluency.