Seventh Grade students enjoy increased responsibility as the "soon to be student leaders" and are held to a high standard academically. The curriculum diverges as students are separated into academically based groups for mathematics and reading. A rigorous course of studies begins to prepare them for high school.
In 7th grade, students either take a pre-algebra or a 7th grade math class. In pre-algebra, the curriculum exceeds archdiocesan expectations. Students who are placed in this class will take Algebra as 8th graders and be ready for more advanced mathematics courses in high school. Topics include, but are not limited to, solving equations and inequalities, exponents, linear functions, polynomials and non-linear functions, measurement, angle relationships, properties of right triangles, area, volume, percents and probability.
In literature, students pursue a course which exposes them to the classics. In reading a minimum of six novels, students hone their understanding of character and plot development, symbolism, figurative language and perspective. In English, an emphasis is placed on writing content and quality. They practice proofreading skills and the conventions of grammar as they formulate original essays.
In religion, students read the Gospel of Luke and understand that our faith is both scholastic as well as practical. Scientifically, seventh graders cover a variety of topics while completing labs on a regular basis. The opportunity to design and test the integrity of a balsa wood bridge is a highlight as they participate in the Science Fair.
In history, students study the beginnings of our country, the problems faced by the colonists as they prepared for war and the events which led to our country's freedom from Great Britain. Each student is required by the state to pass the Federal Constitution exam in the spring of the year.
Seventh grade students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities.