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.
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.