Grade 7 Overview
The seventh grade year begins with a three-day, two-night trip to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) runs a program that engages students in team building exercises, which allows them to experience the surrounding wilderness and challenge themselves in new ways. During this trip students have an opportunity to bond with the other members of their advisory.
Back at school, students meet briefly each day with their advisory groups before launching into their adventures in the various classrooms. Throughout the year, advisors and classroom teachers support students and are able to regularly provide individualized support and mentoring. During a separate advisory period each week, students can expect a range of activities from fun group events to addressing important issues that might not be covered directly in class, such as internet safety, media literacy, and body image.
Whether they’re performing experiments, collecting soil samples on campus, learning about journalism, immersing themselves in a foreign culture for their language class, doing math Toolbox Problems, or playing the biome game in geography, students find appropriate challenges through class work and a range of interesting projects.
The 7th Grade Science Fair Project, for example, allows students to practice and showcase their research, inquiry, oral presentation, and visual presentation skills. After completion of their work, selected students go on to compete in the Worcester Regional — and often the Massachusetts State — Science Fair.
Seventh grade also marks students' transition to the full-year study of a single foreign language, as well as their first opportunity to travel abroad with their teacher and classmates.
Class trips augment the curriculum and have included volunteer work at local elementary schools or museum trips to Cambridge and Boston. By the end of the year, students have developed the skills and confidence to become next year’s leaders of the Middle School.