Students in 7th grade are immersed in an academic and social emotional curriculum that is focused on their increasing independence as adolescent learners and critical thinkers. Literature and science-related field trips, including an outdoor education trip to Catalina Island Marine Institute, enhance and deepen the classroom learning experience.
- The English curriculum is a two-year span that emphasizes the development of writing and thinking skills. Students develop fundamental writing strategies through persuasive, expository or compare essays. Students cultivate their critical thinking and literary analysis skills through a wide-range of works, such as The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, The House of Mango Street, Fahrenheit 451, and Romeo and Juliet.
- The history curriculum focuses on early America and the events leading up to the Civil War. Themes such as land use, economic power, and the plight of indigenous peoples are examined in each area of study.
- The Upper School mathematics program builds upon the foundation students gained in Singapore Math in grades K-5 and is focused on preparation for the rigor of high school mathematics. Our carefully sequenced 3-year program (grades 6-8) integrates number, algebra, geometry, and statistics into progressively more challenging learning experiences that enable students to understand the relationships among different aspects of mathematics and apply them successfully.
- Life science is laboratory-based and focuses on collaborative learning. Students will come away with a thorough understanding of how to apply the principles of science to understand the world around them.