Seventh grade science students study Life and Environmental science. The standard topics in seventh grade include Cells, Genetics, Natural Selection and Adaptations, Ecosystems/Populations, Plant, Animal, and the Human body. Students engage in inquiry based activities, laboratory investigations, and cross curricular units. Instructional practices include related connections to engineering and technology. Seventh grade students also participate in science fair competitions.
Students complete a challenging curriculum as a part of a middle school design in preparation for freshmen year of high school. Students strengthen their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through various units aligned with standards of middle school education. Proper usage grammar designs, advanced vocabulary, and varied sentence structure techniques lend to a dynamic writing curriculum that allows for easy transition to 8th grade and high school. Independent reading units coupled with in-class readings of non-fiction, poems, and novels play a vital role to the ultimate Language Arts success of each student. Each reading unit culminates with a hands-on learning product designed to demonstrate student knowledge and provide purpose for learning.
Students will expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events of the major ancient civilizations through a series of essential guiding questions. Emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world. All course content is aligned with Kentucky Common Core Standards for Social Studies. Seventh Grade Social Studies curriculum covers approximately 6000 years of ancient world history, starting with archeological studies and prehistory and ending with the Middle Ages and early exploration of the New World. The primary focus of the course is to help students understand the components necessary for the development of a civilization as well as how the advancements made in ancient societies still influences our lives today. Various projects and presentations are included in order to enhance student understand and interest in the ancient world. STEM related activities and field trips are a major component of the seventh grade social studies curriculum.
Our 7th grade mathematics classroom is built on the Holt McDougal online Go Math program. Students have direct access to their e-text, online assignments, instructional videos and examples via their iPad. Go Math organizes its content into units which include: The Number System, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Expressions, Equations and Inequalities, Geometry, Statistics, and Probability. The main focus of 7th grade Pre-Algebra is to prepare students for Algebra and other higher level mathematics courses. Students will focus on developing a conceptual understanding of proportions, solving expressions and linear equations, using scale drawings and basic geometric constructions to solve real world problems concerning area, surface area and volume, as well as exploring statistical relationships pertaining to population samples and probability models.
Accelerated Math/Algebra I
The focus for the first part of the year is 7th grade math concepts that are aligned with common core. Second semester, students begin Algebra I with the focus being key Algebra I concepts that the students will need next year in Geometry and in their high school math courses. Topics covered are the number system, ratios and proportional relationships, solving equations and inequalities, basics of geometry, introduction to functions, linear functions, solving systems of equations and inequalities, properties of exponents, polynomials and factoring, and quadratic functions and equations.
In our seventh grade religion class we focus on Church history from the time of Jesus to our current time. We also participate in a program that was written through the writings of Saint Pope John Paul II called Theology of the Body. This program helps the students to learn respect for themselves and one another as members of the Body of Christ as they mature. We study the virtues of the Christian faith, attend weekly adoration, pray daily and study the Sacred Scriptures.