The seventh grade curriculum reinforces the study habits introduced in the sixth grade and teaches students the basic ¨habits of thought¨ associated with the different disciplines they will encounter in their upper school college-preparatory program in a developmentally appropriate context.
The goal of this course is to prepare the students for Eighth Grade English. In preparing students for this, the course will explore a wide variety of themes and skills. The areas of academic emphasis include: written communication, oral participation and expression, reading, vocabulary development, and grammar. Above and beyond these areas of focus, this class will explore themes of responsibility, self-reliance, decision-making, and the process of maturing to a higher level of behavior, performance, and academics.
Students will be participating in various learning activities, such as essay writing, problem-solving experiences, research assignments, cooperative groups, group and individual presentations, and class discussions. The skills of critical thinking, reading, writing, outlining, note-taking, public speaking, and research will be emphasized. Respect for one's self and others, honesty, and a high level of effort in all endeavors are concepts that will be significant parts of the class.
The 7th grade reads Flowers for Algernon, a selection of Edgar Allan Poe short stories, Farewell to Manzanar, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Call of the Wild. Additionally, students study vocabulary through the use of Latin and Greek roots, and study grammar, spelling, and participate in independent reading assignments.
Fall Semester - Pacific Islands Studies: Diversity, Change, and Choices.
This course provides an introduction to the history and cultures of the Oceanic world of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Students explore the geography of these islands and issues related to development, while examining key events and changes brought about by western contact. Throughout the course, the focus is on how Pacific Islanders have responded to outside forces arriving on their shores and what strategies they could use to navigate the waves of change challenging their ocean world today.
Spring Semester - History of Hawaii: Precontact through Present Day.
This course provides students an opportunity to explore and express their relationship with this "place" we call home, Hawaii Nei. Beginning with the geological and mythological origins of the Hawaiian Islands students will follow migrations of Polynesian settlement and the culture of pre-contact Hawaii through to the multi-cultural society of today. Throughout, we explore the unique ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands and weigh the relative merits of development and conservation, evaluating the changes occurring in Hawaii and considering the prospects for the future. Projects, excursions, and place-based research are a major component of this course.
Pre-Algebra links the arithmetic of sixth grade to the Algebra of eighth. Topics of study include: operations and properties of rational numbers (positive and negative numbers), number theory, ratio and proportion, percent, personal finance, statistics, plane and solid geometry, formulas involving area, perimeter, surface area, and volume, the Pythagorean Theorem, similar shapes, solving multistep equations and inequalities, combining life terms, and the use of a scientific calculator to solve application problems. Application problems will be discussed throughout each unit of study. Many of the concepts will use computer enhanced instruction and manipulatives to enforce concepts and skills. Throughout the year emphasis will be on taking notes as well as a more extended approach to checking homework, which includes evaluating mistakes for clarity of understanding and showing the steps to working problems on paper.
7th Grade Science
This course is the first part of a two-year physical science program that spans into the eighth grade. Students learn the foundations of chemistry by learning about atomic structure, the periodic table, and molecules. The physics portion teaches students about motion, forces, and energy with heavy emphasis on hands on experimentation. Throughout the year, students continue to grow in their critical thinking and problem solving skills. The seventh grade science class is a paperless classroom and all curriculums is done online to allow for in-depth investigation using virtual tools to help visualize concepts. This course is part of a spiral curriculum that begins in the sixth grade and comes to completion in the eighth grade.
The Middle School Spanish program is designed to ignite the students´ excitement for learning a foreign language. In a highly interactive, immersion environment with a large variety of speaking, listening, reading and writing activities, the students gradually build their communication skills. In addition to establishing a solid foundation in the workings of the language, focus is placed at this level on helping the students to attain a more global perspective, including an awareness of the interconnectedness among cultures and a respect for diverse world views and practices. By fostering an attitude of understanding and respect, the students will develop the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to evolve into responsible world citizens who are eager to create a sustainable and peaceful world.