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

    ART (7)

    Trimester

    Grade Level: 7th & 8th

    The Junior High School art curriculum consists of a series of lessons which encourage continued growth and creative expression while at the same time introducing students to formal art techniques and the Elements and Principles of Design. The program is interdisciplinary in focus so that while students are engaged in artistic expression, they also learn about art history. Students explore both 2- and 3-D design through several studio projects including a computer based graphic design assignment. Through a multimedia project, students develop and refine verbal, written and multimedia presentation skills.

    MUSIC

    Trimester

    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.
  • Language Arts

    LANGUAGE ARTS (7)

    Full Year

    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 both through the use of 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 one’s self in writing. Oral expression occurs in groups and independently.

    LANGUAGE ARTS (8)

    Full Year

    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 so as 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

    Full Year

    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

    Full Year

    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.

    GEOMETRY

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 8th

    Geometry is a course in which students will develop their critical thinking and logical building skills while working with mathematical applications. Students will develop deductive and inductive reasoning through the study of mathematical theory. Various proof formats such as paragraph, flow-chart, and two-column proofs are explored. Students will work collaboratively to discover patterns, rules, theorems and definitions.
  • Physical Education

    Full Year

    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. Through the use of 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 empower them to assume responsibility for their own lifetime health and fitness.
  • Sciences

    LIFE SCIENCE

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 7th

    This course is designed to provide students with inquiry labs, models, exploratory experiences and activities in the fundamental concepts of life. Major concepts include: the scientific method, scientific measurements, laboratory safety, use of laboratory apparatus, cell biology, basic principles of modern genetics, modern evolutionary theory and biological changes through time, classification and taxonomy, human biology, and ecological relationships (including a visit to Marine Lab). Graphing and the metric system are also covered, as well as an introductory unit in bioengineering.

    PHYSICAL SCIENCE

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 8th

    This is a course with a hands-on learning approach using physical science topics and the inquiry method. Students are introduced to laboratory equipment and experimental techniques while safety procedures are stressed. Topics include energy, motion, the nature of matter and its interactions, kinds of substances and electricity. Graphing and the metric system are reviewed while students are expected to make use of the appropriate technology.
  • Social Sciences

    WORLD HISTORY

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 7th

    World History is an overview of world events beginning with the rise of the Ottoman Empire to the advent of WWII. The focus will be on the civilizations and eras with the most impact upon political institutions, economic activities, social structures, religious beliefs, cultural achievements, and technological innovations. This course is presented chronologically.

    AMERICAN HISTORY

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 8th

    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.
  • Technology

    TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN

    Trimester

    Grade Level: 7th

    Technology & Design students will develop sound understanding of student  adolescent technologies, cloud computing principles, the Internet of things (IoT), introductory engineering principles, 3d modelling and printing, and computational methods.

    TECHNOLOGY & CIRCUITRY

    Trimester

    Grade Level: 8th

    Technology & Circuitry students will develop sound understanding of student  adolescent technologies, cloud computing principles, the Internet of things (IoT), introductory engineering principles, circuitry, autonomous systems, and Arduino.
  • World Languages

    MANDARIN I

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 7th

    This course is the continuation of 6th grader Mandarin students. It is designed for
    students who have some degree of fluency in spoken and some basic formal training on reading and writing Mandarin Chinese with an emphasis on continuing developing the students’ communicative competence (listening, speaking, reading, writing plus typing skills) and real life application in Chinese. Students will learn to express ideas orally using appropriate Mandarin Chinese. Students will also learn to use proper grammar and sentence structures verbally and in writing. In addition, students need to continue focusing on building up vocabulary and sentence patterns, reading and writing some simple articles in Chinese and demonstrate knowledge of Chinese Culture, customs, history and geography. All students are expected to fully participate in the discussion session by using Mandarin Chinese.

    MANDARIN II

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 8th

    This course is the continuation of Mandarin I. It is designed for students who have some degree of fluency in spoken and some basic formal training on reading and writing Mandarin Chinese with an emphasis on continuing developing the students’ communicative competence (listening, speaking, reading, writing plus typing skills) and real life application in Chinese. Students will learn to express ideas orally using appropriate Mandarin Chinese. Students will also learn to use proper grammar and sentence structures verbally and in writing. In addition, students need to continue focusing on building up vocabulary and sentence patterns, reading and writing some simple articles in Chinese and demonstrate knowledge of Chinese Culture, customs, history and geography. All students are expected to fully participate in the discussion session by using Mandarin Chinese.

    FRENCH I

    Full Year

    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

    Full Year

    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

    Full Year

    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 in each chapter of the textbook are organized around specific themes relevant to their student’s life. The course will ultimately enable students to interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

    SPANISH III

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 7th and 8th

    This course reinforces the skills acquired in Spanish II and continues to develop oral, listening, writing, and reading skills through the use of individual, paired and group activities. These activities, which may be oral, written or internet-based, serve to enhance language acquisition and knowledge of the literature and customs of the Spanish-speaking world.

    SPANISH IV

    Full Year

    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. Lessons on the culture are present throughout the text and through other activities that will take place during the year. Students will do research and presentations on various cultural topics. This will be achieved in groups, with partners and individual practice. Emphasis is placed on conversation, reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills. The classroom experience will provide an appreciation and development of cultural awareness through various readings, media resources and authentic materials. 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

    Full Year

    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. Much time will be spent in studying His parables and miracles and how they speak to us of His love and compassion today as they have for 2000 years. We will look at the Acts of the Apostles, the missionary journeys of St. Paul in the letters, and the Book of Revelation. During the second half of the year, students will explore the seven sacraments of the Church given to us by Christ. Throughout the year, the students will experience and lead a variety of styles of prayer. Community service is an intrinsic part of this course and students will participate in various service opportunities.

    RELIGION (8)

    Full Year

    Grade Level: 8th

    During the course of study of Christian morality the students will come to understand that through God’s law and grace, we are called to form our consciences and make moral decisions as followers of Christ. The course will cover what morality and a moral life mean, what sin is, a formed conscience, what each of the commandments means in depth, the challenges of a moral life and steps in moral decision making. In Church History, the students will explore the story, the people, and the events that have shaped the Catholic Church over its 2000 year history. They will discover a story of saints and sinners, successes and failures, hopes and disappointments but a Church guided by the Holy Spirit. Throughout the course of the year we will study the Sacrament of Confirmation preparing for reception of the sacrament.
"For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society."
-Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat