“Seventh grade at SMCDS means you are really taking flight. You are figuring out who you are, and beginning to think about who you want to be. The close-knit teacher and student friendships are so helpful to that. To helping us grow-up and figure out who we want to be.” SMCDS alumnae Class of 2011.
Seventh grade at SMCDS means that the students move their lockers and their classes, literally, to the upper level of the middle school. In many ways, it is a figurative move as well. In an increasingly demanding, yet supportive and understanding climate, teachers strive to instill a joy of learning into each student, as well as a more robust instinct for self-initiative and self-reliance. The quest for excellence is a staple of every course. Collaborative work and independent performance remain constants while students learn to reason with greater abstraction and in greater depth.
French and Spanish classes move to the second stage. Preparation for beginning algebra commences with a challenging and comprehensive pre-algebra course. Students are introduced to the Stock Market Game during the second semester as part of the course, as applied mathematics combines with language arts in an essay contest. U.S. history takes them to the early 20th Century and the First World War.
Science consists of a thorough life science exploration while English classes require critical thinking, expository writing, and meaningful classroom discussion. Arts offerings are expanded to include computer graphics, acting workshop, and stagecraft along with the opportunity to continue choral or studio art pursuits. After school sports continue with soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and tennis.