7th & 8th Grade
Beyond the standard academic curriculum, students strengthen their self-management skills and organizational abilities. There is a strong emphasis in taking responsibility for their own learning and in meeting deadlines in a timely fashion. The goal is to prepare students for entry into high school.
In the Language Arts Curriculum, students will learn to cite multiple pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says both explicitly and implicitly, determine a theme and analyze its development throughout the text, and provide an objective summary of the text. The ability to determine the meaning of words and phrases in context, including figurative and connotative meanings, and analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text develops in students at this level. A greater focus is placed on the integration of knowledge and ideas.
Mathematics includes greater algebraic thinking, geometric concepts, and the study of statistics and probability. The math program allows for acceleration into algebra; students are prepared for honors math in secondary school. Students become skilled users of technology tools, as they use Chromebook computers daily. As they explore the development of individual identities, there will be an emphasis on learning about power, authority, governance, as well as production, distribution, and consumption of goods.
Outdoor experiences, science museums, and the San Francisco Symphony are highlights of 7th and 8th grade field trips.