Arizona College Preparatory 7th Grade Course Descriptions


    Honors Language Arts 7

    This standards-based course is designed for students who are achieving above grade level in reading comprehension and writing. In writing instruction, emphasis will be placed on the 6+1 traits of writing: ideas and content, word choice, organization, sentence fluency, voice, conventions and format. Students will write summaries, expository essays and literary responses that contain effective introductory and summary statements and that fully develop the main ideas with details, facts, examples, and descriptions. Students will also learn to analyze literature through the introduction of various literary elements used in poetry, short stories, plays, and novels. There is NO AR requirement. 

    Social Studies 7

    The seventh grade social studies program focuses on the history of North America from the contributions of early civilizations up to the Reconstruction Period in the United States. This standards-based course examines the relationship of historical events and people, significant themes, ideas, beliefs and turning points in North American history. Students utilize the tools of historical research by framing analytical questions and evaluating historical materials.

    Honors Math 7

    This course is designed to help students master the standards needed for pre-algebra.  Real-life concepts, problems and applications are employed throughout the course by integrating algebra, probability, geometry, discrete math, and logic.  This is advanced curriculum, so students will be challenged at a higher level.  It is important for us to maintain very high expectations, so students who choose to move on to Honors or AP/IB classes in high school will be well prepared. 

    Students will focus on two main areas:

    (1) Students extend their understanding of ratios and rates to develop understanding of proportionality to solve single- and multi-step problems. Students use their understanding of ratios and proportionality to solve a wide variety of percent problems, including those involving discounts, interest, taxes, tips, and percent increase or decrease. Students graph proportional relationships and understand the unit rate informally as a measure of the steepness of the related line. They distinguish proportional relationships as the foundation for rate of change.

    (2) Students develop a unified understanding of number by recognizing fractions, decimals (that have a finite or a repeating decimal representation), and percents as different representations of rational numbers. Students extend addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to all rational numbers, maintaining the properties of operations and the relationships between addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division. By applying these properties and by viewing negative numbers in terms of everyday contexts (e.g., amounts owed or temperatures below zero), students explain and interpret the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with negative numbers.  Students are able to use variables to represent quantities and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems. Students fluently solve one variable equations of the forms px +q = r and p(x + q) = r.


    In this accelerated course, algebraic concepts are taught in this standards-based course along with problem-solving strategies, geometric concepts, statistical applications, and testing the validity of conjectures. Students will use reasoning and communication skills within real-world problem solving situations throughout the course.

    Algebra 1

    Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or Equivalent Study

    This course is the first year of a high school level standards-based mathematics curriculum. Real-life concepts, problems and applications are employed throughout the course by integrating algebra, probability, geometry, discrete math and mathematical structure and logic. Number sense topics include classifying and comparing sets. Data analysis focuses on organizing data into charts and evaluating conclusions drawn from that data. Algebra topics including linear equations, inequalities, exponents and expressions are taught using algebraic methods. Geometric properties, methods, theorems and additional topics of geometry relationships will be used to interpret and draw 3-dimensional objects. Discrete mathematics and mathematical structure will be used to develop and analyze algorithms and the understanding of the logic of algebraic procedures.

    Accelerated Integrated Science 7 / 8

    Students will explore science concepts using an inquiry-based approach with emphasis on the skills of observation and hypothesis generation, scientific testing, and analysis and interpretation of scientific data. Integrated topics will include populations and organisms in an ecosystem; structure of the Earth; Earth processes and systems; and Earth in the Solar System. Additional topics will include reproduction and heredity; diversity, and adaptation and behavior; properties and changes of properties in matter; and motion and forces. Topics will encompass history and nature of science study as well as science in personal and social perspectives.

    Spanish 1

    This course is an introduction to the language and culture of the Hispanic world. In Spanish 1 the student learns vocabulary and grammar through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is on listening and reading comprehension and simple conversational skills through role-playing, skits and other interactive methods. This class is not designed for native speakers.


    Elective Course Descriptions

    Life Connections and Careers / Computer Applications (Semester)

    This exploratory course consists of projects and activities that will provide students with opportunities to develop a vision for their future. Students will be exposed to possible careers, and they will begin the process of identifying and preparing a personal plan of action. They begin with self-discovery and end with a 10 year plan. Activities will assist students in core skill development common to virtually all occupations. This course will explore technology in the workplace by using Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher) for educational and business purposes. Students will use spreadsheets for data collections and analysis, and create charts and graphs to display data. Multimedia presentations and publications will be designed and produced for various purposes and audiences. Internet literacy skills will be stressed while focusing on research, retrieval and evaluation of valid information. Students will learn and improve keyboarding skills, with a goal of touch-typing at 25 words per minute. Students will discuss the relevance of technology to their everyday lives, and use of the internet to safely and effectively communicate with their peers, teachers, and others.

    General Art / Three-Dimensional Art (Semester)

    Students in this class will complete projects in cartooning, drawing, painting, and ceramics. In addition, students will create projects in ceramics, sculpture and pottery. Art history, principles of design and elements of design will be incorporated into the various projects.

    Physical Education (Semester)

    This course offers students a basic foundation in physical education by exposing them to a variety of individual and team sports. An emphasis is placed on promoting lifetime sports and physical fitness.

    Cadet String Orchestra (meets all year long)

    Cadet String Orchestra consists of group instruction for those students wishing to continue their string studies. Instruments include: violin, viola, cello and string bass. Students who play an intermediate level are qualified for this class. Orchestra students will continue to develop note recognition skills, rhythmic accuracy, sight-reading ability and better tone production. This class will play for several evening concerts. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

    Cadet Band (meets all year long)

    Cadet band class is recommended for those who have been playing a band instrument for two years or less and is also open to beginning students who want to learn to play a band instrument. Most continuing band students from elementary school take this course. Students will continue to learn instrument-specific technique, note recognition skills, rhythmic accuracy, sight-reading ability and tonal development, as well as developing an appreciation of music history and expression. Students perform several times throughout the school year for various concerts, school functions and festivals.

    Beginning Choir (meets all year long)

    This choir is open to any student who likes to sing. Singing in unison, two-part harmony and music reading will be stressed. There will be two required performances per semester.


    Prerequisite: must be taking Algebra 1 concurrently

    This course is the second year of a standards-based mathematics curriculum. Number sense topics include the concept of using estimation strategies reasonably and fluently. Probability focuses on recording data from a probability experiment and comparing the outcome to predictions made prior to performing the experiment. Discrete mathematics topics include understanding and demonstrating the systematic listing and counting of possible outcomes. Geometric properties will be used to analyze the attributes and properties of two and three-dimensional shapes and developing mathematical arguments about their relationships. Students will learn to use logic, reasoning and mathematical proofs to evaluate situations and select problem-solving strategies.


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Last Modified on September 17, 2018