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Grades 7-8

Math

  • Math units are tied to the learning that is happening in the other content areas
  • Small group or individual lessons each day with daily math work
  • 7th grade Pre-Algebra , 8th grade Algebra 1
  • Advanced math concepts are presented to all 8th grade students and 7th grade students who exhibit readiness
  • 8th graders comprehensive exam to earn credit on their transcript for Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2 or Geometry on a case-by-case basis

Science

  • The Natural World curriculum is based on the experiential model of learning which emphasizes engaging, student-led experiences for understanding the world. 
  • Our sciences break out of the lab and into the real world, helping students to see that real science happens around them every day.
  • Student-led experiments and investigations centered on the theme of study and the curricular objectives as outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards.  
  • Textbooks, research articles, and a variety of texts to guide their understanding

Culture

  • The Social World curriculum emphasizes using research skills to understand and analyze history in context.
  • Each cycle, students are presented with invitations to learning that entice them to dig deeper in their exploration of a subject.
  • Group research projects give students a platform to develop the 21st century skills which will be critical to their success in college and beyond. 
  • Peer teaching is incorporated through group project presentations, building a peer-based feedback system which enhances reflection and collaboration.
  • Teacher assessments, students self-assessments and peer-assessments
  • Group projects and reflective learning
Additional Curriculum strands and special programs Strands
  • Health Education                      
  • Peace Education
  • Citizenship
  • Personal reflection time
  • In Year A, students study The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
  • Global Citizen Day
  • Culture Day
  • Science Fair
  • Earth Day
  • Fall and Spring Internships
  • Pro-social Behavior
  • Positive personal habits
  • Midfullness
  • In Year B students study Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.
  • Independent Research Projects
  • Micro-business
  • School garden and chickens
  • Volunteering at Food Gatherers/li>
  • Student Leadership

Field trips*

  • Maker Works
  • Farms
  • Adventure Trips (Inland Seas)

*• Outings are continually incorporated into our unit themes and learning