Seventh Grade Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Instruction in 7th grade is offered using a departmentalized approach. Seventh grade students have a blocked, waterfall schedule that includes eight periods of daily instruction.

RELIGION

  • Chapel for Mass, prayer services, rosary prayer, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Diocesan Standards of Religion Old Testament: Overview of the books (Pentateuch, historical, prophets, judges)
  • New Testament: Continued teachings of the New Covenant of Jesus; Gospel Studies
  • Church History of the Roman Catholic Church Preparation
  • The Four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Moral Life and Prayer
  • Living Stations of the Cross study and performance
  • Family Life: The Five Components of God’s
  • The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Spiritual Retreats
  • On-going Service in Action: Outreach Projects and Service Opportunities
  • Integration of Religion into all areas of instruction

MATHEMATICS
Four levels of instruction daily

  • Aligned to the California Common Core Math Standards
  • Algebra 1 - Part A
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Daily Foundation Skill Reinforcement with Simple Solutions Common Core

LANGUAGE ARTS
Four levels of instruction daily

  • Curriculum Aligned to the California Common Core ELA Standards
  • Read Across America Day
  • Serra Reads
  • Vocabulary Integrated with Literature
  • Literature including non-fiction, fiction, and poetry embedded in thematic units
  • English Composition featuring the Jane Schaffer Approach to expository writing
  • 6 Traits of Writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions
  • Literary devices including: theme, conflict, characterization, story structure, and point-of view
  • Literacy program that incorporates study skills and test-taking strategies
  • DEAR - Drop Everything And Read

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Featuring History from the Decline of the Roman Empire through the Age of Enlightenment Culture
  • China
  • Japan
  • Rome
  • Medieval Europe
  • Islam
  • Africa
  • Civilizations of the Americas
  • Project-based Learning Opportunities

LIFE SCIENCE

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Structure and Function of Living Systems
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Hands-On Experiments and Use of Technology

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Junior High Academic Decathlon - State Champions 2003, 2011, 2012, and 2014
  • Parochial Athletic League

Boys-Flag Gootball, Lacrosse, and Volleyball
Girls-Volleyball, Basketball, Lacrosse, and Softball
Co-Ed-Track & Field, Soccer

  • Campus Ministry
  • MS Choir
  • Bellisima Hand Bell Choir
  • Spring Musical
  • Leadership for Social Justice