Building the Foundations: Grades 7 – 8
At Mount Alvernia, we recognize the middle school years as a transition period between elementary school and high school. During these important and intellectually and socially challenging years, we introduce our students to the academic skill sets and study habits that will enable them to succeed. In addition, our guidance program addresses the interpersonal issues that characterize this age.
Academically, we balance the traditional subjects such as math, English, social sciences and theology with a more contemporary curriculum which includes technology, modern languages and art. We encourage our girls to explore the interdisciplinary connections among their respective classes and to apply what they have learned in the classroom to their real life experiences.
To encourage a sense of responsibility and a spirit of action, students in grades 7 and 8 are able to take on leadership responsibilities: they may serve in the student council, play an integral part in organizing school-wide events and retreats, participate in one or more of our co-curricular offerings, or form their own club.
Course of Study
All students are required to take the core curriculum established at each grade level. These courses are designed to acquaint students with knowledge and skills we think essential to success in college and life long learning. Within this framework, the program also fosters interdisciplinary experiences for students incorporating technology and the arts.
Theology: Catholic Beliefs
English/Language Arts: Power of Stories
Mathematics: Pre-Algebra/Intro to Algebra I
History/Social Sciences: The World and Us Part I
Modern Languages: Spanish, French
Technology: Technology I
Theology: Church History
English/ Language Arts: Power of Voice
Mathematics: Algebra I
History/Social Sciences: The World and Us Part II
Science: Physical Science
Technology: Technology II
Modern Languages: Spanish I, French I
Art: Intro to Art