Seventh-grade English is a study of literature that seeks to understand the use of elements and devices to create characters and develop themes. Students write expository essays using their exposure to literature to help them grasp the basics of good writing. Additional emphasis is placed on vocabulary and grammar as tools to help developing writers.
Advanced English provides students with a challenging curriculum. Students will use a wide variety of text to increase their use of critical thinking skills. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus on independent reading, writing, analysis, and problem solving.
The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning and encourage in-depth exploration of the content. Outside reading/writing assignments are a part of the course.
Pre-Algebra A is part one of a two-year pre-algebra course. It is designed to review concepts and skills in arithmetic, along with related procedures which may not have been fully developed during prior years, while introducing new concepts, language, and symbols necessary for the study of higher mathematics such as Algebra and Geometry. This class will explore many of the same topics covered in Pre-Algebra AB, giving these students a similar, if less detailed, knowledge base compared to the more fast-paced AB course. For example, Pre-A students will be introduced to abstract concepts and learn to express mathematical ideas through variable expressions, equations, and inequalities. Students will practice problem-solving in both independent and group situations throughout the year which will require a working understanding of the order of operations in order to simplify expressions. They will be able to translate words to symbols (and back as needed) while gaining the ability to solve the equations and inequalities that result from those translations. The advantage of this course is that students have time to fully acquire the necessary skills, while building the confidence and desire to further their mathematical education.
Pre-Algebra AB is an accelerated course in which the rules for positive and negatives are introduced and developed throughout the year. It is likely the last course students will take before Algebra I that reviews and drills fundamental operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) through the use of whole numbers, as well as with integers and rational numbers. Students will be expected to practice and perform basic skills with speed and accuracy and their basic skills will be stretched to include the mastery of evaluating expressions with positive or negative exponents. During this preparation for Algebra I, students will be introduced to high-level abstract concepts and will learn to express mathematical ideas through variable expressions, equations, and inequalities. There will be some exposure to the Coordinate Plane, the Pythagorean Theorem, and other relatable topics. Students will develop strategies for problem-solving throughout the year and will learn a formal approach to setting up and solving algebra-based word problems.
Seventh-grade Life Science students study the complexity, secrets, and beauty of the natural world. Students learn to identify the six kingdoms of life, the ways in which they interact and are sustained, and have an appreciation for each. Students have access to on-campus resources such as the Andreve Teaching Garden, the nature trail, and the learning pond to help them understand what they study. They exercise their new knowledge by completing a wide variety of projects that help them develop their skills of inquiry, observation, and exploration. Students study ecology, cells, genetics, the history of life, plants, animals, and human body health. The students learn to give special attention to how the worlds interact and support each other to create the web of life.
American Studies I
Seventh-grade American studies will take an in-depth look at American history from the pre-Columbian era through the Civil War and reconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking and historical investigation through document analysis and hands-on projects and activities that allow students to experience history firsthand.