Grades 5 - 8
Grades 5 – 6 contain multiple class sections, and students are introduced to a departmental program in these grades.
Grades 7 – 8 contain multiple class sections, and students in these grades continue to follow an expanded departmental program in preparation for high school.
In Grade 5, students read widely and deeply from a range of high-quality, increasingly challenging fiction and nonfiction sources. They build knowledge about subjects through research projects and respond analytically to literary and informational texts, synthesizing ideas and analyzing information from print and online sources. Fifth graders use higher level thinking to support opinions with reasoned arguments in group discussions. In both short and extended writing projects, students write multi-paragraph stories and essays demonstrating logical sequence of ideas and correct language usage. Computer technology is widely utilized for research and writing. Science, ELA, and Math are taught as separate, departmental subjects. Emphasis in mathematics is on fractional and decimal concepts, analyzing patterns and relationships and graphing data. Computer Education, Art, Music, Physical Education and Spanish Language continue weekly. Religious studies continue to give students a fuller knowledge of scripture and the sacraments.
In Grade 6, students apply and improve skills to work with longer, more challenging books and articles, and focus on how authors influence readers, making points and supporting their arguments with evidence and reasoning. Sixth Graders sharpen their ability to write and speak with more clarity and coherence and express their expanding vocabularies in written stories, reports, and essays, devoting attention to precise details in their reading and writing. Linking ELA and math, Sixth Grade students can gain and express information from sources that utilize graphs, charts and various diagrams to convey data. Mathematical concepts, such as rates, ratios and working with variables and expressions begin to lay the foundation for higher education and career readiness. Science, ELA and Math remain separate, departmental subjects, and Computer Education, Art, Music, Physical Education and Spanish Language continue weekly. Religious themes are incorporated in many core subject areas, and Grade 6 students also participate in prayer and Mass services.
In Grade 7, students will define, compare, and evaluate ideaswhen reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and will and will analyze how themes in fiction and nonfiction develop over the course of a book or article. Readings will include classic and contemporary texts that represent diverse perspectives. Students cite specific evidence when interpreting texts and use relevant evidence to support points in their writing and speaking. Logical reasoning and constructive evaluation skills are developed. In mathematics, Seventh Graders use statistics to draw inferences and gain deeper understanding and fluency working with equations, proportional relationships, and positive and negative numbers. An advanced pre-algebra math class (Honors Math) is also offered in Seventh Grade. ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and Religion are all conducted as separate, departmental subjects, and Spanish Language study is expanded to four class periods weekly. Daily religious training continues, and students participate in prayer and Mass services. All Seventh Graders take weekly Art, Computer Education and Physical Education classes.
In Grade 8, in preparation for high school, Eighth Graders read, analyze and interpret major works of fiction and nonfiction, citing evidence of explicit and implicit meaning and authors’ points of view. They plan and conduct multi-step research projects using print and digital sources. Grade 8 students make oral and written presentations, discuss and debate topics using sound proofs and supportive reasoning, and evaluate information presented through varied media sources. They use rich vocabulary to speak and write precisely and accurately. In mathematics, the students continue to write and reason using algebraic expressions and equations, and they are introduced to linear equations and functions. An advanced Algebra math class (Honors Math) is also offered in Eighth Grade, which includes Ninth Grade content and enables students to take the NYS Integrated Algebra Regents exam. In addition, a TACHS prep class is offered to Eighth Grade students who wish to apply for admission to Catholic high schools. ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and Religion continue as separate, departmental subjects, and Spanish Language continues to be taught four times weekly. Daily religious training continues, and students participate in community service projects. Grade 8 students also prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. All Eighth Graders take weekly Art, Computer Education and Physical Education classes.