The seventh grade Language Arts curriculum prepares students to master the California reading standards by building skills in reading comprehension, literary responses and analysis, and vocabulary development. Etymology is also an important component of vocabulary instruction. Students grow to understand how different structures are used to communicate meaning through the reading of culturally and historically significant literary works. Students read novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. Reading skills, literary analysis, and higher-level comprehension work are incorporated, using the California/Common Core State Standards as a guide. The writing component of the language arts curriculum focuses on different kinds of writing, such as summary, narration, exposition, persuasive, and response to literature. Students choose the form of writing best suited to the purpose, develop strategies for organizing support for their main ideas or theses, and learn strategies for evaluating and revising to refine and publish their work. Spelling and language mechanics are taught through direct instruction.
The Language Arts Honors Magnet class provides students with a curriculum that focuses on problem solving, critical thinking, and application skills; emphasizing student growth as a collaborative and independent learner. The SpringBoard program offers a carefully articulated, engaging, and rigorous English Language Arts curriculum, developed to provide a roadmap for attaining the knowledge and skills students require for success in Advanced Placement courses and college-level work.
The seventh grade Science curriculum focuses on life science. Students increase their knowledge and understanding of key concepts, scientific vocabulary, and investigation and experimentation skills in the areas of cell biology, genetics, and structure and function in living systems.