Curriculum

7th Grade

St. Thomas More Cathedral School follows the Curriculum Guidelines of the Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools. The core curriculum consists of instruction in the following subjects: Religion, Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Spanish.

Students also participate in the following special classes:

Art, Library Skills, Technology, Physical Education.

A variety of instructional methods are used including cross-curricular units, cooperative groups, direct instruction, discovery learning and hands-on activities. Homework is assigned to review lessons and practice skills.

An optional instrumental band program during the school day and an after-school choir program supplement music instruction. The instrumental band program is offered for grades 4 – 8 and the choir program is available for grades 3 – 8.

The instructional program is supported through the following: Resource Program, Educational Field Trips, Guest Speakers, Community Service.

A word from the teachers about 7th grade…

Seventh grade is a wonderful time in a child’s life. Friendships are made and broken in a single day. By the end of the year, the children are really learning to work together and to look out for each other. Sometimes it can be challenging to keep up with their latest concerns.

This is the year that preparation for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation begins. Service is an integral part of the preparation. Every child, regardless of religion, is given the opportunity to serve others. We learn about serving and we put that learning into perspective. The students are able to provide help to the committees running the Parish picnic, the monthly pancake breakfast as well as coffee and donuts on Sundays. They provide man-power to International Fest and Breakfast with Santa. We go on several service days a year as a Middle school and the children are encouraged to provide service within their communities.

STM students learn at a tender age to be welcoming and helpful. We just continue to emphasis the inherent need we all have to be generous to others.