Seventh Graders at McGinnis Woods Country Day School take responsibility for their learning in a departmentalized structure which challenges them through different teaching styles, organizational demands, and challenging course specific labs and opportunities.
The curriculum is a challenging standards based course of study that builds on the strong foundation of knowledge and skills attained throughout the elementary program and sixth grade.
Students read many novels and continue to hone their writing skills through cross-curricular assignments. They are encouraged to use technology as a writing tool and prepare many pieces of specific writing genres. They are immersed in real world mathematics that encompasses all ten standards, including significant amounts of algebra and geometry. Instruction includes the appropriate use of manipulatives and technology. Students are encouraged to articulate their mathematical understandings both verbally and in writing.
Seventh graders conclude the study of major world regions as they explore Africa and Asia. Students participate in field trips that enrich the learning environment and guest speakers and primary sources are used to deepen their understanding.
All core subjects are taught including Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Specials including Media/Technology, Foreign Language, Health, Physical Education, Fine Arts, and Counseling. Community Service and Character Education opportunities are also provided.