Students will continue to build and improve upon their communication skills. This includes a strong focus on organizing and developing effective writing, mechanics, grammar, and vocabulary (Wordly Wise). Students utilize the writing process to improve upon their writing styles during formal writing assignments. Students will write in a variety of forms to explain, inform, analyze, entertain, reflect, and persuade. By the end of the year, students will have written texts in three major modes: narrative, persuasive, and expository. Through the use of our literature textbook, Mirrors and Windows, students will learn to analyze and explore a wide range of writing styles. Seventh graders will read novels such as The Outsiders, Animal Farm, Holes, and Coraline.
Seventh grade Social Studies is arranged chronologically and incorporates geography as well as economic, social, and political trends. The course content is divided into 7 key units, tracing the human experience in the United States from pre-Columbian times until the Civil War, with a focus on the people, events, and places in New York State as applicable. General learning goals of the course will include improving students’ analytical skills, enhancing their understanding of historical interpretations and documents, and improving their writing skills. Students will meet these goals through discussion and debate of required readings, projects, writing assignments such as journals and research papers, and through critical analysis of primary sources. Primary source exercises, in particular, are used to foster critical thinking skills and further understanding of how historians construct and support arguments.
The 7th grade math curriculum is designed to be rigorous and challenging in order to prepare students for Algebra I. Mathematical concepts are learned through a variety of methods to meet the needs of diverse learning styles. Project-based learning takes a large portion of classroom time. Students are able to think creatively about concepts and see how they can be applied to solve problems in real-world scenarios.
Occasionally, special topics are introduced to familiarize students with the wide breadth of ideas that can be found in the field of math. Some of these topics can include the history of math, how math is used for space exploration, and fractals.
Seventh grade students explore the many wonders of biology and the living environment. As the year progresses, students explore the various forms of life that exist on this planet such as viruses, bacteria, worms and simple sea creatures. The learning experience encompasses class discussions, cooperative group work, hands-on activities, labs, and research projects. The units covered in 7th grade science are; Unit 1: Understanding Matter and Chemistry as it applies to Life, Unit 2: Interactions with the Ecosystems and Unit 3: Reproduction of Organisms
Seventh grade Spanish focuses on actively developing listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing skills, and cultural knowledge. Using the Santillana textbook series, students build vocabulary and learn basic grammatical structures, creating a solid foundation of the Spanish language. The vocabulary topics covered include emotions, the house, furniture, chores and activities, shopping, and clothing. Grammatically, we focus on conjugating regular and irregular present tense verbs, discussing likes and dislikes, using prepositions, adjectives, and adverbs, using demonstratives, making comparisons, and expressing wants. Additionally, students partake in a variety of hands-on, student-led projects with a cultural focus, culminating in a school-wide showcase at the end of the year.
The 7th-grade visual art curriculum explores the relationship between past and present artists and how they have influenced future artists. Students aim to bring their personality into their art, and gain confidence in exploring, presenting, and sharing their views. The year culminates in an art history research project, including a paper and work of original art based on each student’s individual artist.
Small class sizes that allow for more focused and tailored instruction
A range of subject levels that provides suitable challenges for students
Opportunities to perform at or above grade level with the support of our IGNITE program
Experiential learning through overnight field trips
Co-ed intramural sports
8:15 - Math
9:00 - English
9:45 - Specials
10:30 - Break
10:45 - IGNITE
11:15 - Spanish
12:00 - Science
12:45 - Lunch
1:15 - Physical Education
2:00 - History
2:55 - Dismissal