Junior High

The Junior High provides a unique environment at a time when girls are beginning to forge their own identities. Housed on a separate campus with its own dedicated faculty and staff, the Junior High has a rigorous academic schedule which is designed to prepare the girls for the greater demands of High School life. The faculty gear structured and unstructured class time to the individual developmental needs of each student. Academic counseling is an important part of academic life, and students are encouraged to begin thinking about college in specific terms. The school encourages students to develop their own identities and emphasizes the need to take responsibilities for their actions.

List of 9 items.

  • Fine and Performing Arts

    Creative Expression
    Grade Level: 7th & 8th
     
    Through the Arts, the course identifies the diverse forms of expression and creativity in each individual and develops them with a method based on inspiring exercises. The exercises stimulate extroversion and allow the discovery of still unexpressed aspects in each student, a fundamental part of the creative process. Creativity can be expressed through each of the Performing and Visual Arts accommodating every individual student. The method combines a series of exercises designed to discover, recognize, expand and exercise artistic sensibility, creativity, imagination, originality, intuition, and spontaneity.
     
    Choral
    Grade Level: 7th & 8th
     
    This course will enable students to understand the fundamentals of music including but not limited to basic music theory, sight-reading, ear training, and appreciation. Students will be able to identify various elements of music found in a choral music score, successfully read and notate music, and listen to, analyze, and describe music. Performance opportunities will be provided at least twice per year. Students will also be able to understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts, and the relationship between music and the world beyond the school setting.
     
    Instrumental Strings
    Grade level: 7th & 8th
     
    In this course, students exercise leadership skills through chamber music principles. Students develop technical mastery of bow strokes and planes as well as left-hand playing and intonation. Music theory is continually connected to relevant playing examples. Students learn scales and arpeggios and can name key signatures. Emphasis is placed on developing a fluent reading of music. Students expand musical vocabulary and learn about composers and pieces of music from different eras. The goal of the course is to celebrate masterful stringed instrument playing and to appreciate the rich history of its music while enjoying engaging musical experiences in the present from a place of true self-expression. 
     
    Instrumental Woodwinds
    Grade level: 7th & 8th
     
    In this course, students focus on mastering the fundamental techniques of their respective instruments. A majority of the time will be focused on music theory and how it relates to performance, and students will learn to be fluent with scales, arpeggios, and. note reading. Part of the time will be devoted to learning the history of music, listening to performances of professional flutists and clarinetists, and discussing the relevance of music as a necessary part of education. By the end of the year, students should be able to recognize all major key signatures, and additionally, be able to play at least half of the major scales.
    The students will perform in two school performances, one during the holidays and one in the spring. Other performance opportunities may arise. Time will be spent learning the music for these performances, but it will not be the only thing they will need to practice, as they will have technique exercises and etudes to learn. Individual practice at home will be key to success in this course, and all students will develop an appreciation of music as an art.
  • Language Arts

    Language Arts
    Grade level: 7th

    This course supports the student in strengthening her writing skills and techniques. The students practice both creative and expository writing and they learn peer and self-editing techniques. The course also reviews grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, usage and basic skills, as they are needed to accomplish various writing tasks. Vocabulary is enhanced using the Wordly Wise text and the literature studied. Tablet computers are used both in school and at home to facilitate writing, editing and researching. The literature portion of the class includes a unit of poetry, two novels and a play. Literature-based writing at this grade level is designed to teach the student how to take notes from a novel, read with greater depth, understand and develop analytical skills, and express oneself in writing. Oral expression occurs in groups and independently.

    Language Arts
    Grade level: 8th

    This course covers the fundamental principles of both composition and literature. This course will emphasize the development of critical reading skills. The lessons within the literature portion will require both assigned and independent readings and will focus on the traditional elements of setting, plot, character, and theme within the standard genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. The writing portion of the course stresses different organizational models and principles. It is expected that students will grow in their ability to write with clarity, fluency, and more sophisticated vocabulary. Additionally, basic grammar is regularly exercised to hone both critical thinking and writing skills. The laptop program will be integrated into the classroom via note taking, Internet research, word processing, and class assignments/projects. Public speaking will also be a component of the program, wherein students will learn the skills needed to speak before a group and will present a three- to five-minute memorized selection to their classmates.
  • Mathematics

    Pre-Algebra
    Grade Level: 7th

    This course of accelerated mathematics instruction is designed to prepare talented seventh-grade students for the successful study of high school algebra in the eighth grade. This course of studies will further develop and strengthen the student’s understanding of mathematical concepts and skills reviewed in the sixth grade while providing a special emphasis and focus on pre-algebra and introductory algebra topics. In addition to the mathematical course content, students will receive training and reinforcement in mathematical study skills, organizational skills, academic, and personal responsibility as they prepare for their high school education. The special challenges inherent in this program require not just an above average aptitude in mathematics, but dedication to the material, an excellent work ethic, and self-confidence.

    Algebra I

    Grade Level: 7th & 8th

    Algebra I is a high school level mathematics course which completes the transition begun in pre-algebra predominantly arithmetic concepts and skill development to a mathematical system involving variables, exponential values, relations and functions, radicals, logical reasoning, and advanced problem-solving techniques. In this course, students will be expected to understand the ideas in the course, know where these ideas come from and why algorithms work. Students will see relationships among the concepts they study and apply them to larger, engaging problems as well as to be able to do typical symbol manipulation and solve textbook/online problems. Usage of the TI-84 graphing calculator will be introduced to the student.

    Algebra II
    Grade Level: 8th

    Algebra II is a sophomore level course designed to give students the solid foundation necessary for success in Pre-Calculus or IB Standard Level. The idea that students learn more effectively by “mastery over time” is the motivating force behind the structure of this course, which means that students are constantly working with concepts from previous math courses as well as new content material. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis and development of problem-solving skills. To this end, a TI-84 graphing calculator is used for this course (Wabbit Online Calculator) and daily work will stress graphic, numeric and algebraic (GNA) approaches to problem-solving.
  • Physical Education

    Physical Education
    Grade Level: 7th and 8th

    The Physical Education Curriculum aims at obtaining total fitness of both the physical and emotional well-being of the student. Using various activities such as team, individual, and recreational sports, the students will learn the concepts of teamwork, leadership, self-discipline, fairness, and decision-making skills. These activities will allow the students to explore and apply information that empowers them to assume responsibility for their own lifetime health and fitness.
  • Sciences

    Life Science
    Grade Level: 7th
     
    The Grade Seven Science program provides students with a solid background in Life Science through inquiry projects and in-depth units of study.  Using our indoor lab facilities as well as our unique outdoor campus, ecological topics focus on the biodiversity of our local coastal and marine environments. Classification and taxonomy will provide a lens to identify the variety of native and introduced species on campus. Cell biology/heredity and basic principles of modern genetics provide the structure to understand the complexity of our life systems. Biological concepts are further developed through our Pathfinders trip to study marine estuary ecosystems. There is a strong emphasis on developing laboratory skills and the ability to communicate findings through graphing and data analysis.
     
    Physical Science
    Grade Level: 8th
     
    In this course, students discover concepts of physics and chemistry through a practice of the scientific method. Topics include force, motion, the nature of matter and its interactions, kinds of substances and electricity. Students are introduced to laboratory equipment and experimental techniques while safety procedures are stressed. In addition, students practice with experimental design, analytical skills, and effective communication of science.
  • Social Sciences

    American History
    Grade Level: 7th

    American History course covers American Independence through 1865. Typical course activities include map work, class debates, research into historical events, and writing exercise framed in a historical context. There are three major goals throughout the trimester: 1) foundational knowledge, 2) become critical readers and historically minded, 3) learn the historians’ craft of analytical writing.
     
    World History
    Grade Level: 8th
     
    World History covers the historical period between the Agricultural Revolution and the French Revolution exploring the recurring themes of human experience common to civilizations around the world. Students examine the historical roots of events, with emphasis on form of governance, state-building, expansion, innovation, trade, socio-economic hierarchies, and conflict. Analysis of common cultural traits of civilizations will help students broaden their perspective as they explore the ways societies dealt with changes. Through inquiry into the past students will make connections, gain understanding, and see the significance of global interdependence among world societies today.
  • Technology

    Technology and Design 
    Grade Levels: 7th and 8th
     
    Students will develop their understanding of digital citizenship, computer science, 3D modeling, cloud computing, and introductory engineering principles.
  • World Languages

    French I
    Grade Level: 7th

    This course is an introduction to the French language and culture. It emphasizes communication, accuracy and stresses meaningful cultural contexts. The students will experience France and the Francophone world, communicate with confidence, extend and enhance their learning through integrated technology. The language will be presented in a suitable range of topics. Students will build a foundation for communicating in French and an understanding of various French customs and culture.

     
     
    French II
    Grade Level: 8th

    This course is a continuation of French I. Students will learn how to express themselves in a more creative way. They will be able to converse giving more details and descriptions including simple comparisons. Students will express themselves in a basic narration in the past, present, and future tenses. They will continue to attain proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The language will be presented in a wide range of topics as students continue to build a foundation for communicating in French and an understanding of various French customs and culture.

    Spanish II
    Grade Level: 7th
     
    The course is based on the belief that the purpose of learning Spanish is to communicate with the people who speak it and to understand their cultures. To this end, the vocabulary, grammar, and readings presented are organized around specific themes relevant to the student’s life. The classroom experience consists of daily conversation with the teacher and classmates in the target language. The course will ultimately enable students to interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
     
    Spanish III
    Grade Level: 7th & 8th
     
    This course reinforces the skills acquired in Spanish II and continues to develop oral, listening, writing, and reading skills using individual, paired and group activities. These activities, which may be oral, written or project-based, serve to enhance language acquisition and knowledge of the literature and customs of the Spanish-speaking world.
     
    Spanish IV
    Grade Level: 8th
     
    Spanish IV is designed to give students of Spanish a more in-depth look at the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Equal emphasis will be placed on six language categories: grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, writing, and reading.  The classroom experience will consist of literature analysis, integration of different media resources and authentic resources to enhance student learning. Students will do research and presentations on various topics. This will be achieved in groups, with partners and individual practice. Emphasis is placed on conversation, reading, vocabulary, grammar, writing and critical thinking skills. Students should be able to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom into a fruitful experience that would enable them to be effective communicators in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Religious Studies

    Religion
    Grade Level: 7th
     
    The students will be introduced to the books of the New Testament with emphasis on the Gospels and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We will look at the Acts of the Apostles, the missionary journeys of St. Paul in the letters, and the Book of Revelation. Throughout the year, students will draw connections between the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the worship of the Church, through the seven sacraments and liturgical seasons. The course also begins discussing the moral development of the human person through one’s conscience and roots the sacraments and teachings in a call for social justice. As part of their study, students will learn about saints and ordinary people who live out Jesus’ teachings. At the end of the year, we will look at the spread of the faith around the world through the apostles and each student will discover how faith is expressed in the universal Church.
     
    Religion
    Grade Level: 8th
     
    The students will begin their study of Church history by learning about the four marks of the Catholic Church and designing a project to demonstrate their understanding of these essential characteristics. We will navigate the story of the Church throughout history, looking at key individuals who shaped doctrine and practices as well as the development of the Mass from age to age. Students will also connect lessons from Church history to the formation of their personal consciences and the need for social justice. At the end of the year, we will look at the Church in the modern world and each student will design a project to address a need for the modern Church. Throughout the course of the year, we will study the Sacrament of Confirmation preparing for the reception of the sacrament.
"For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society."
-Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat