Grade 7

Our seventh grade curriculum encourages our students to more fully engage with their academic work, social lives, and emerging interests. This is the time to strengthen and advance their study skills, while also developing their unique passions and enthusiasm for learning. By focusing on effective communication, teamwork, and academic collaboration, students will come to better understand how their unique talents and gifts can serve the common good. 

Course Code:  C=College Prep, H=Honors

Academic Computer Skills

This course introduces the student to various computer skills, including keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, drawing tools, presentation software, sound editing, video editing, and Internet resources. Students learn to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Garage Band, iMovie, and are introduced to Adobe Photoshop.

*Completion of this course in grades 7 or 8 fulfills the graduation requirement.

Art

This course is an introduction to visual art. Students are initiated in the fundamentals of art through a variety of media and techniques. Students learn about the elements of art, principles of design, and are acquainted with historically significant artworks and artist. This class is excellent preparation for those students planning to take Art I at the high school level.

English 7

This English course focuses on building a solid foundation in writing and on developing analytical reading skills. The literature curriculum includes the study of novels, short stories, poetry, and a Shakespearean play. Other components of the course include creative writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and oral skills.

French 1A

In this yearlong introductory course, students learn grammatical concepts, vocabulary, and correct French pronunciation. They are introduced to the cultures of French speaking countries. Students achieve proficiency in basic conversation, writing, and reading, based on the scope of a level 1A text.

English 7-H

This English course focuses on building a solid foundation in writing and on developing analytical reading skills. The literature curriculum includes the study of novels, short stories, poetry, and a Shakespearean play. Other components of the course include creative writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and oral skills.

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra is the transition course from arithmetic to algebra. The course includes beginning concepts of algebra with a special emphasis on the application of basic arithmetic and the real number system in solving and graphing equations and inequalities. Topics covered include ratios, proportions and percentage as well as geometry, basic statistics and probability. Students analyze and solve real-life applications andmathematical problems using numerical, algebraic expressions, and equations.

Pre-Algebra-H

The Honors course offers a more rigorous and in-depth study of the Pre-Algebra topics. A special emphasis is placed on the application of arithmeticand the real number system in solving and graphing equations and inequalities. Topics covered include ratios, proportions and percentage as well as geometry, basic statistics, and probability. Additional topics include solving systems of linear equations algebraically as well as graphically in addition to factoring and solving quadratic equations. This course requires students to demonstrate a high level of understanding of the concepts covered, analyze and solve real-life applications and mathematical problems using numerical, algebraic expressions and equations. Students use the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator.

Physical Education

Students are instructed in the SPARK Middle School Physical Education Program that has been proven to significantly increase student MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity level) during physical fitness classes. It boasts more than 400 research-based, field-tested activities that integrate team sport skills with a variety of activities involving hand-eye and foot-eye co- ordination. Nutrition is also a focus. Presidential Fitness Testing is administered. The student’s grade is not based on athletic ability, but on her effort and participation.

Religion

The students learn about the formation of the early Church as a faith community and what it means to be a member of the Catholic Church. The second semester focuses on how members of the Church are called to worship God through the sacraments, how we express our faith in God by putting it into action, and how the Church calls us to live out our faith in our daily lives.

Science 7

Students engage in the Middle School program with an exciting series of inquiry modules that relate Physical, Earth, and Life Science to Next Generation Science Standards. Through the study of boats, density, volcanoes and erosion, students build data collection and analysis skills to learn how scientists answer big questions and solve big problems. Then students explore concepts of chemistry through the study of air quality. Finally, water quality and ecology is complemented by a study of genetics and evolution. Students wrap up with a capstone engineering project.

Spanish 1A

In this yearlong introductory course, students learn grammatical concepts, vocabulary, and correct Spanish pronunciation. They are introduced to the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. Students achieve proficiency in basic conversation, writing, and reading, based on the scope of a level 1A text.

Speech-C

This course is a graduation requirement. It teaches skills that help students become more effective communicators. The course covers the methods of proper research, speech structure and style, editing skills and delivery techniques. Students practice outlining, writing and delivering speeches. Through introduction to the logical fallacies, students are encouraged to be more discerning consumers of information. The effective creation of presentation aids is explored. A video portfolio completes the course.

*Completion of this course in grades 7 or 8 fulfills the graduation requirement.

Theatre

Students explore activities to develop sensitivity, imagination, and concentration. Exercise of higher order thinking skills through improvisation 49 develops communication skills. Classroom performance of monologues and scenes assist in demonstrating the students’ developing skills in acting.  Students explore many facets of live theatre through the study of text, class discussion, and active participation.

World History and Geography

Seventh grade students examine the different regions of the world from A.D. 500 to 1789. Students study the political, social, and cultural history as well as physical geography of each region. Current events of each of the nations studied are also included in this course.

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