CRS students are self-confident and ready to shape the future.

The seventh and eighth grade program maintains the philosophical commitment to hands-on, experiential education present in the early grades, as well as the cultivation of important skills through genuinely interesting and relevant topics. In these grades, students evolve their skills to prepare them for secondary school. In keeping with the hallmark of a CRS education, seventh and eighth grade students are engaged in the challenge and joy of their own learning.
Project highlights for these years include the seventh grade Design Thinking Project (based on Stanford University’s Design Thinking Methodology), the Chinese-American Experience, the eighth grade musical, eighth grade TED talks, and mock trials.
Language Arts
The seventh and eighth grade curriculum emphasizes the principles of communication: listening, writing, reading, and speaking. Students refine their thinking, and learn to communicate clearly and concisely. Students study short stories, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They learn to interpret and analyze literature with an emphasis on close reading and textual analysis of the elements of literature, character development, and symbolic and figurative language. Students learn to write analytical essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and research reports,
Pre-Algebra prepares seventh-grade students for the more intensive Algebra I course they will encounter in eighth grade. Each class begins with a Problem of the Day, which strengthens students’ critical thinking, and reviews computational and conceptual skills. Calculators and Chromebooks are routinely incorporated into lessons, allowing students to become comfortable with the technology in future math courses and in the workforce.
Algebra I explores algebraic skills (such as working with real numbers, factoring polynomials, systems of linear equations, and quadratic functions), and also teaches students the study habits necessary for success in higher mathematics. We use a problem-solving approach that emphasizes the continuing development of mathematical thinking and reasoning skills.
All students in seventh and eighth grade have the opportunity to participate in Mathcounts, an extracurricular club that provides additional challenges to motivate students.
Click here to view the entire 7/8 Curriculum, which includes a comprehensive overview of Science, Technology, World Language, the Arts, and Athletics, as well as information on Language Arts and Mathematics.

The theme in seventh and eighth grades is “Perspectives on Justice.”

This theme is most directly present in social studies class where seventh graders focus on comparing concepts of culture and justice in the United States, India and China. In addition to examining each nation's geography, demographics, education and cultures, students study selected historical events that highlight various Perspectives on Justice. In the spring, seventh graders complete a multidisciplinary project relating to our theme and incorporating work from their English, social studies, and science classes.

In eighth grade social studies, our theme comes alive as students investigate individual rights and Constitutional law using the Bill of Rights. Eighth graders also delve into the political, legal and moral issues leading to the Civil War, and examine how concepts of race have affected membership in American society.

Meet the 7/8 Teaching Team

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Clayton

    Elizabeth Clayton 

    Associate Head of School, 7/8 Math Teacher
  • Photo of Rebecca Hurd

    Becca Hurd 

    7/8 Science Teacher & PreK-8 Science Program Leader
  • Photo of Leigh Hutchinson

    Leigh Hutchinson 

    7/8 English Teacher
  • Photo of Kent Rouillard

    Kent Rouillard 

    Spanish Teacher
  • Photo of Tessa Steinert-Evoy

    Tessa Steinert-Evoy 

    7/8 Social Studies Teacher
  • Photo of Julie Weeden

    Julie Weeden 

    French Teacher
  • Photo of Elizabeth Albany

    Lizz Albany 

    7/8 Math Teacher & PreK-8 Math Program Leader
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.