Turning the Corner:
Grades 7 and 8

The seeds of academic rigor begin to germinate in 7th and 8th grade Main Lessons. Seventh Grade Algebra, Renaissance History, and Perspective Drawing are introduced to complement the shift in intellectual capacity that occurs at this age. In 8th Grade, Main Lesson courses such as the History of Revolutions, the five Platonic solids, and the study of global climate and weather patterns in Meteorology emphasize both the social and the physical aspects of the modern world.

The curriculum continues to broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills introduced in the lower grades. Technology is seamlessly and appropriately integrated throughout the curriculum. Additionally, students are introduced to computer programming in the eighth grade Introduction to Computer Science course. World language advances from conversational accomplishment in Spanish and German to encompass reading and writing. Orchestra, band, and chorus undertake more complex musical compositions and perform both at school and in major venues such as Carnegie Hall. Team sports are introduced, and students engage in interscholastic competitions with other independent schools in soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and track.