7th Grade Curriculum
We are excited about our Middle School program at GFS!
We hope this video will help you gain a greater understanding of the offerings for 7th grade students as well as important choices for consideration.
Features of the 7th Grade Curriculum
- Exposure to a rich variety of genres, including short stories, poems, essays, and journals
- Build interpretive reading skills; deep exploration of literary devices
- Grow as critical and creative writers through constant practice
- Extensive grammar study, using the IXL curriculum (an online immersive grammar program)
- A comprehensive study of matter and its properties
- Topics covered in 7th grade include:
- Earth Science
- States of Matter
- 6 weeks of robotics and programming
Foreign Language study
- Seventh graders can choose from among five languages. Introductory language spreads a year of instruction over the two years of study: Seventh grade is 1a; eighth grade is 1b. Please note: that there is an opportunity for students to add a second language, Latin or Ancient Greek, in eighth grade.
|Classical Languages||Modern Languages|
- Preparation for the formal study of Algebra 1 in 8th grade.
- Instruction supports the development of the tools and building blocks necessary for Algebra I study, including proportionality, rates of changes, linear functions, exponent rules, and solving complex algebraic equations
- Our standard track provides rich, rigorous study; our enhanced track offers a deeper dive into the same content.
- Both tracks prepare students to complete Calculus by the end of 12th grade
- Faculty determines placement based on sixth-grade work, taking into consideration both classroom performance and level of engagement in challenge problems.
- Two years of US history over 7th and 8th grades
- Subject area focuses on the colonial period through Civil War
- Skill expansion in group work and critical reading skills
- Learn to work with original source material
- Experiential and project-based learning, on-site local visits in Philadelphia and Germantown
- Focus on the development of fundamental motor and social skills through participation in group and partner work, especially problem-solving activities
- Engage in adventure education activities that emphasize group work and problem-solving
- Develop an appreciation for the diversity of fitness and skill levels
- Required to participate in two after-school sports out of three seasons
- Choices for the fall: Cross Country (B/G), Soccer (B/G), Field Hockey (G), Tennis (G)
- Choices for the winter: Basketball, Squash, Outdoor Track, Wrestling (all B/G)
- Choices for the spring: Lacrosse (G), Softball (G), Track & Field (B/G), Baseball (B), Tennis (B)
- Theater Movement Arts is an option for the Winter Season
- Focus on music fundamentals; musical understanding through listening, historical study, and analysis; and musical creation through singing and instruments
- Students explore Folk Instruments, Music Composition, Keyboard Skills, and Fundamentals
- Emphasizes developing visual skills and experiencing various media, including painting, collage, 3D design, photography, and digital media
- New materials and technology are explored
- Frequent use of critiques helps students recognize quality and appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of effective responses
- Students participate in the All-School Art Show each spring
- Students have the option to elect drama during their EXPO blocks
- These trimester-long sessions focus on the preparation and production of a short one-act play
- Theatre is integrated into classroom teaching; Partnerships between drama faculty and other core teachers help to bring the power of theater into the teaching of curricular texts
- Opportunity to elect after school Theatre Movement Arts for the winter season
Learn more about the 7th grade program.