Junior High Curriculum (Grades Six, Seven, and Eight)
The junior high course of study requires that students change classes and follow their own schedule. The academic courses of study are described below. The junior high literature, English, science and mathematics curriculums are academically advanced and build on a strong foundation in the elementary grades. The MLA bibliography style is taught and used throughout the junior high curriculum. The offering of less-rigorous “on grade level” junior high classes is determined on a year-to-year basis, based on the needs and numbers of students who would benefit from such classes. All students in grades six through eight have access to a Chromebook with Google Classrooms during school hours. Student use of the Chromebook is included in most classes. Students may check out a Chromebook overnight if needed. Some curricular materials are provided electronically, especially course materials for science and social studies. Students are assigned to multi-grade “houses.”
Sixth and seventh graders utilize the reader, Elements of Literature, and most eighth graders utilize a high school literature book, Elements of Literature, Third Course. In coordination with their English class, eighth graders may receive high school credit for English I or English I honors. Literature is aimed at fostering the students’ appreciation for a wide variety of reading texts. The main focuses of literature classes are the development of the multi-skills needed to comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate what is read, the continued development of vocabulary, and a deeper understanding of the literary elements and genre of literature. On-grade level reading/literature is offered, as needed.
One goal of English in the junior high is to improve written and oral communication, working intensively in grammar, usage, and the mechanics of the English language. All eight parts of speech are covered, as well as punctuation and essential elements of a sentence. Composition skills include paragraph development, journal writing, friendly and business letters, essays, and poetry. Research skills are developed in coordination with other subject areas. Spelling and vocabulary are taught in the literature classes. Students build skills in the areas of public speaking.
Literature - Elements of Literature Introductory Course (6th grade level), Holt
Grammar - Easy Grammar and Daily Grams
Vocabulary - Sadlier Vocabulary Level B (7th grade level text)
Literature - Elements of Literature, First and Second Course, Holt
Grammar - Easy Grammar: Plus and Daily Grams, Grade 7
Vocabulary - Vocabulary Workshop, Level C
Literature - Elements of Literature, Third Course, Holt
Sixth graders continue their math studies by using the Progress in Mathematics Grade 6, Sadlier Oxford, textbook. The text develops proficiency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, and rational numbers. Students work with equations, trigonometry, exponents, ratios, percents, proportions, geometry, and problem-solving strategies. Seventh graders, and some sixth graders study Pre-Algebra by using Fundamentals of Algebra, Sadlier Oxford, textbook. Eighth graders continue their math studies by taking Algebra I, a high school course. The textbook used in Algebra I is Algebra I, Holt McDougal. Eight grade students who successfully complete Pre-Algebra in sixth grade and complete Algebra I in seventh grade study Geometry by using Geometry, McDougal Littell, textbook. For students meeting the course requirements, local high schools recognize Algebra I or Algebra 1 honors and Geometry or Geometry honors for high school credit.
Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders utilize a variety of materials in religion, with the goal of achieving deep, active faith in Jesus Christ. Through selected stories, questions, reflections, and clarifications by outstanding saints, theologians, and laymen, students learn to relate Christian moral life to their own situations. In sixth grade the core textbooks are part of the "Faith and Life" series, Ignatius Press. In seventh grade the textbook used is part of the series Spirit of Truth for Grade 7, Sophia Institute. Eighth graders use Chosen, Ascension Press. The junior high religion curriculum also includes units on morality, human sexuality, abstinence, and chastity.
Sixth graders learn about the world and ancient civilizations and their impact on western culture. Their studies include Egypt, India, China, Early Americas, Greece, Rome, and African Empires and incorporate geography, citizenship/government, history, economics, and cultures. Seventh graders study the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Reformation and Age of Discovery, Exploration and Colonization, Enlightenment and Revolutions, Imperialism and Colonial Empires, World Wars, the Cold War Era, and the Modern Era. Eighth graders study American history from exploration and colonization to the present, with a focus on South Carolina’s role in the US. Junior high students are required to participate in the social studies fair each year. Projects include a formal report, a backboard, and an optional display. *(Academic Fairs have been suspended due to COVID-19)
7th grade-A History of the World, McGraw Hill
8th grade-A History of the United States, McGraw Hill
Sixth grade students study astronomy, water and climate, environmental science, and earth science using the Inspire Science, Earth and Space, McGraw Hill Education, textbook. Seventh grade students study life science focusing on cells, genetics and heredity, plants and animals, the human body, and health. The textbook used is Life Science published by Holt Science & Technology. Eight grade students study physical sciences focusing on chemistry and physics. The textbook used is Physical Science published by Holt Science Spectrum. All middle school students participate in regular labs and develop skills in utilizing science equipment safely, conducting labs, writing lab reports, and working in pairs or teams to investigate science. Students participate in a school-level science fair and winning projects are submitted to the regional science fair.
Information about enrichment courses can be found HERE!