Curriculum follows California Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
Seventh grade is a year of greater academic challenges and much more independence for these maturing students. Students learn to use their time wisely, spreading big projects out over several days, and still have time for their many athletic and musical activities. Students continue to grow in faith, intelligence, leadership, and physical ability, making seventh grade a year of wondrous changes!
Students will deepen their relationship with God through the study of the Scriptures. The Four Gospels of the New Testament, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be studied to understand the life of Jesus and His Church. By attending and participating in weekly Mass, students learn how to be disciples of Jesus. The Family Life Series is also included in the religious education classes. Our curriculum follows the Diocese of San Jose’s religious outcomes, which are aligned with National Benchmarks and Standards. Religion is incorporated into every aspect of our school life.
We offer two courses to provide students a placement that corresponds to their learning progress.
- Accelerated 7th Grade Math
This course provides a strong pre-algebra curriculum.
- 7th Grade Math
We follow the California Common Core State Standards which contain many topics. Some of the key concepts studied this year are integer operations, equations, exponents, percent usage, algebraic expressions, and working with two and three-dimensional shapes including area, perimeter, volume and surface area. Other concepts will be reinforced and introduced to build a strong foundation that prepares students to progress confidently through future courses.
Students in middle school develop an understanding of key concepts through hands-on experiences to help them make sense of life science. The NGSS performance expectations in life science blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices as well as crosscutting concepts to support students in developing usable knowledge to explain real-world phenomena in scientific terms. In the life sciences, NGSS performance expectations at the middle school level focus on students developing an understanding of several scientific practices. These include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, constructing explanations, integrating technology and research-based projects to demonstrate an understanding of the core ideas. Students are also expected to demonstrate an understanding of several engineering practices including design and evaluation.
Social Studies Students in grade seven study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A.D. 500–1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today.
English Language Arts
The focus of the Seventh Grade Language Arts program is on the development of the independent reader. Language Arts is divided into three separate sections: reading, writing, and conventions of language. All of the content taught aligns with the California Common Core State Standards, and also correspond to the College and Career Readiness anchor standards for seventh grade.
Complex literature and informational text will challenge the student to critically analyze events, ideas, structure, writing style of the author, point of view, and personal message. Students will work collaboratively with diverse partners to expand ideas, while learning to express their point of view effectively and persuasively. Application of the writing process, using the Lucy Calkins writing program, helps to support the student’s effort to produce an effective piece of literature or informational text across all subject areas. Online adaptive programs that differentiate for learning are also implemented to the curriculum that coordinate with the Drexel blended learning philosophy