Academic Overview (Grades 7 & 8)
Math, reading, grammar, literature, social studies and science are the core subjects of the junior high curriculum. Through structured learning experiences, we strengthen and expand basic skills and advance the knowledge of science and social studies. Critical thinking skills become increasingly important at this level of study. Our goal is to thoroughly prepare our students for the four years of high school that lie ahead.
Students in seventh and eighth grades take two language arts classes each day. One class focuses on reading and literature, the other on written and oral communications. Writing skills are emphasized across the curriculum. We believe that this emphasis on language arts will help our students to become literate and articulate thinkers and writers. Our state-of-the-art computer labs and the library /media center are available for research. A full time research assistant is available to guide students through the Internet to valuable sources of information. Students who qualify may elect to take honors English classes.
In math, students are placed in math courses as determined by their background and abilities. Students may have the opportunity to earn high school credit in Algebra I and/or Geometry while in junior high school. At this level, students will take life science and earth science courses with laboratory experiences. Depending on their math level, they may also have the opportunity to earn high school credit in physical science. Honors level courses are offered in both math and science. Through structured learning experiences, we strengthen and expand basic skills and advance critical thinking and knowledge in social studies. Junior high students will study both American history and civics.
Enrichment courses are an important part of the junior high curriculum. Students have many options including computers, foreign language (Spanish, French or Mandarin Chinese), physical education, drama, art, band or chorus classes. The classes are 50 minutes in length. Students move from class to class on the west end of campus.