• Saint Mary School
  • Buffalo Grove, IL - (847) 459-6270

7th Grade Curriculum


Catholic values are discussed and integrated not only in religion class, but in all learning. Students will learn about the Catholic faith through stories, activities, scripture, prayer, discussion and reflection.

Emphasis is on:

We Pray:

  • Prayer in a variety of forms

  • Participation in liturgical ministry

We Learn:

  • God’s Revelation through the Gospels

  • Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

We Serve:

  • Active Service based on Social Teachings of the Catholic Church


Math classes are designed to further develop and challenge the students mathematical abilities.


Emphasis is on:

  • Review of fractions decimals, percents and proportions

  • Review operations with real, rational, irrational, integer, whole and natural numbers

  • Properties of exponents and scientific notation

  • Solve equations; simple to complex

  • Geometric relationships- Perimeter, Area and Volume

  • Introduce 2 variable equations and graphing

  • Probability and statistics

Algebra 1

Emphasis is on:

  • Review fractions, decimals, percents, proportions and equation solving

  • Linear functions- slope- intercepts- graphing- writing equations

  • Systems of linear functions-

  • Exponential functions and equations

  • Quadratics - factoring, solving and graphing

  • Geometric relationships- Area, Perimeter, Volume, and angles

  • Stats and Probability


Students will have the opportunity to participate in music activities and to develop an appreciation for music.

Emphasis is on:

  • Singing in groups and performance opportunities

  • Involvement in choirs.

  • Exploring a variety of musical styles

  • Understanding tonality through singing and listening activities.

  • Developing vocal skills, understanding how the voice works


The language arts program includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of literature. The components of the program emphasize the development of skills that allow students to read with fluency, comprehend and interpret written materials, communicate well and listen and speak effectively. These skills are applied and reinforced throughout all elements of the academic area.


A diverse selection of literature will be used to enhance student development of higher levels of comprehension and inferential thinking. These books include holocaust novels (Night by Elie Wiesel, Diary of Anne Frank, and blank), medieval stories (Arthur and the Seeing Stone, Crispin, and Urban vs. Rural America (A Long Way From Chicago, The Great Chicago Fire).

Skill are developed as students focus on the following:

  • Analysis of plot, characterization, setting, conflict, theme and point of view

  • Use of annotation, and specific evidence to support ideas

  • Vocabulary study


Students will work through the seven steps of the writing process to develop and publish pieces that span the writing genres, including: argumentative essays, letters, creative writing, poetry, and personal narratives. The development of each piece sets in motion the goal of producing reflective, creative, critical, and articulate communicators.


Students use concrete, hands-on experiences to understand science in the physical and natural work around them. Students Identify problems, formulate and test hypotheses and evaluate experimental results.

The seventh grade science course covers life sciences with an emphasis on the scientific processes. Students are required to participate in the Science Fair competition.

  • Exploring and Classifying Life

  • Bacteria

  • Cells

  • Protist and Fungi

  • Cell Reproduction

  • Cell Processes

  • Heredity


Students begin 7th grade with two units that are required by the State of Illinois: a US Constitution unit and an Illinois Constitution unit. 7th graders review early American history, then continue with events from the mid-19th century through the early 20th century. The digital textbook series used is Social Studies Techbook from Discovery Education- Civil War to Present. Content units include:

  • US Constitution

  • Illinois Constitution

  • The Road to Disunion

  • The American Civil War

  • Civil War Reconstruction

  • Changes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries


To prepare students to communicate effectively in an increasingly global community.

The Spanish classes focus on the three modes of communication:

Interpersonal-communicating effectively with native speakers in oral fashion.

Interpretive-reading and comprehending authentic texts made for native speakers.

Presentational-expressing yourself effectively and correctly in Spanish in written form.

Theme-based Units

¡Avancemos!1b-Antes De Avanzar

  • Activities

  • Definite & indefinite articles

  • Where are you from?

  • Ser

  • Adjectives

  • Likes & dislikes

  • Classes & classroom objects/items

  • Daily schedules

  • Tener & Tener que + infinitive

  • Foods & Beverages

  • Interrogatives

  • Present tense regular –ar, -er and –ir verbs

  • Comparisons

  • Describing Places & Events In Town

  • Types of Transportation

  • What You Are Going To Do

  • Ordering From A Menu

  • Clothing

  • Direct Object Pronouns


The art class at Saint Mary is an interactive experience where students are encouraged to strive for a "growth mindset.” All forms of artistic mediums to do a variety of artistic projects.

Students are assessed using letter grades that align with Marzano’s assessment criteria for visual arts:

  • A is given for students who do what was asked and more in the areas of creativity and craftsmanship

  • B what was asked

  • C more could be done

  • D did not due what needed to be done


The goal of the P.E. and Health curriculum at Saint Mary School is for students to gain a greater awareness about what constitutes their physical, mental and social well-being. The program mission is to provide the knowledge and skills that will enable students to become literate. This will allow them to make responsible decisions and maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their life, which benefits students of all ages and all aspects of their growth, development and learning. This will allow the students to become proficient movers, demonstrate strong character, collaborate effectively with their peers, think critically and become advocates for family and friends in promoting the value of exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices.