7th Grade

All students attend religion, language arts, science, and one of the three levels of math offered. Students have a choice of either Spanish or Latin. Students also attend physical education twice a week, art, and music once per week. Wednesday is Mass day, where the entire school enjoys worship and prayer together. In addition to their regular schedule on Wednesday, students attend their elective class.

Religion

The goal is to increase students’ knowledge of their Catholic faith through the study of the New Testament, Paul the Apostle, and the life and works of Jesus Christ. The 7th grade religion class strives to nurture a deeper relationship with Christ through liturgy, worship, and exposure to different types of prayer and Ignatian spirituality. Students are encouraged to serve others as Christ calls us to do.

Language Arts

The middle school language arts program offers a continuum of curriculum to both challenge and enrich each student’s middle school experience. Students study a broad scope of writing, grammar, and literature with a focus on the essay and research paper.

Math

There are three math options for students in seventh grade math. Student placement is determined by previous year classroom grade, standardized testing scores, and score on placement test as well as teacher recommendation.

Math 7 (Math 7.0)
During this course students review and prove mastery in all operations with decimals, fractions, and integers. Students work with rational numbers in basic operation, equations, and geometry. Students expand their work with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving perimeter, area, surface area, and volume. We continue to develop an understanding of statistical thinking. Students apply their proportional thinking to solve problems involving scale drawings. Students learn how to use and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. Finally, students explore the probability of simple and compound events based on samples.

Pre-Algebra (Math 7.1)
The focus is on formulating and reasoning about expressions and multi-step equations and inequalities; modeling and solving linear equations and inequalities and systems of equalities and inequalities; understanding and using functions; analyzing two and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angles, similarity and congruence; understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem; translations, reflections, rotations, and dilations of figures on the coordinate plane including calculating surface area and volume of cones, pyramids, and spheres.

Algebra 1 (Math 7.2)
This course deepens and extends the understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Additionally, students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. Geometric relationships and properties are strengthened and extended by combining algebraic and geometric concepts through coordinate geometry including formulas for distance, area, and volume. Students study bivariate data and summarize, represent, and interpret data using single variable statistics. Students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that utilizes their ability to make sense of problem situations. Students may receive high school credit for this course.

Science

Students begin the year studying the atmosphere, weather forecasting, and climate change. We then move into cell biology and genetics. Other topics covered are motion, force, and human biology. The students participate in a lab where they get to dissect frogs. We constantly relate what we are learning to the world around us to make what we are learning relevant and meaningful.

Social Studies

Students examine social, economic, and political institutions and think about similarities and differences among societies. Students draw on history and the social sciences, but the primary discipline of 7th grade social studies is geography, especially cultural geography. Students focus on the regions of Asia, Africa, and Australia.