Seventh grade English centers on world literature, American fiction, poetry, and the elements of literature. Students actively engage in the writing process from prewriting to publishing. They write narrative and analytical essays, and continue building vocabulary and grammar skills.
Time spent in the target language increases in seventh grade, as student continue to delve into grammar, build vocabulary, and work on oral and written expression. Students also create multimedia presentations.
In health, seventh graders discuss male and female anatomy as it changes through puberty. Students also delve into conversations about personal character and relationships (that also includes communication, negotiation, and assertiveness role play. Body image and medial literacy, along with internet safety, and drugs and alcohol are also central and related topics explored during the trimester of seventh grade health class.
All seventh graders continue in the same advising groups from sixth grade. Advisers have daily touch points with their students during Homeroom every afternoon before dismissal, two study halls, and an advisory period every six-days. Grade-level deans lead advising teams to prepare curriculum that supports social emotional learning and helps students navigate through the years of middle school. Seventh grader advisory curriculum focuses on resilience, community building, self-reflection, and self-advocacy.
Seventh grade history focuses on world history, religions and cultures, including Europe, Asia, West Africa, India, Middle East, and the Americas. Students also participate in the writing process and complete an independent research project.
Seventh graders are introduced to Solfege (do re mi fa sol la ti do) syllables and hand signs. They continue their study of the ukulele, learning notes of the C major scale, and playing folk songs in C major (chords and melodies). They also practice notating melodies on staff, and write original compositions in C major. The culminating piece is a final group song composition project that incorporates all skills developed so far in music.
Physical education focuses on refining techniques, introducing tactical and strategic practices, and having students apply these ideas in both group and team-based settings. Students have the opportunity to exercise their leadership skills and are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone. They learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle through individual and collaborative fitness components throughout the program. Class content and social emotional development is geared to help students prepare for high school and beyond.
In seventh grade drama, students focus on public speaking as they research, prepare, and present an informative speech on a topic of their choice. They also take familiar scenes from Shakespeare and reinvent them for the 21st century as part of the Shakespeare Re-Imagined project. Finally, students research, rehearse, and perform works from playwrights such as Neil Simon, Susan-Lori Parks, and the late Edward Albee.
Seventh graders move into integrated algebra and explore proportions and problem solving, number sense, geometry, percents, and probability. Students also participate in a variety of problem-solving activities, and work on individual and small group projects throughout the year.
Seventh graders learn how to program in Java using a development environment called Processing. By the end of term, students are comfortable with boolean operations, looping structures, logical operators and variable scoping.
In art, seventh graders continue to explore and delve into a variety of artistic genres and mediums, including: Ndebele painting, 3D environmental project, 1-point perspective (words), figure/fashion drawings, paper mosaic faces (frontal view), 3D marble mazes, clay sculptures( sea creatures), and foam carvings (vehicles). As part of art history, students study Van Gogh’s work, and complete a project inspired by his style.
Outdoor Education takes students outside of the familiarity of the classroom, encourages them to stretch, try something new, support their classmates and connect to learning beyond school walls. Seventh grade visits Skylark Ranch, located south of Pescadero, above the California coast. During their week away, students participate in a variety of activities including: kayaking on the Elkhorn Slough, hiking through the Santa Cruz Mountains, doing high ropes, team-building, tidepooling, and working and cooking at Pie Ranch Farm. The trip is led by Naturalists at Large and chaperoned by the seventh grade advisory team.