Seventh Grade


Seventh grade mathematicians will be given a strong foundation, introduction to higher-level Algebra, and an appetite for continued success in math. Topics include: integers, rational numbers, algebraic expressions and equations, inequalities, ratios and proportions, percent, scale, geometric constructions, circles, area, volume, probability, and statistics..


Seventh grade scientists will focus on biology and will learn multiple methods of data collection with attention o observations, and working toward writing sound conclusions based on the data. Students will study ecosystems and what defines and denotes them, they will learn system of classification and major characteristics of many types of life forms, and they will learn methodologies to highlight he differences and similarities. Students will also have a unit on health including reproductive anatomy and physiology, nutrition, body image, emotional health, etc.


Seventh grade English students will foster in students an awareness and appreciation of language and literature. The first semester offers a brief survey of English literature, beginning with Beowulf, Chaucer, and Shakespeare, and progressing on to American literature in the spring semester. Varied readings include short stories, poetry, drama, epic, and novels. The course offers a study of the history of the English language, and maintains an ongoing focus on vocabulary. Students write long-form non-fiction, five-paragraph essays, and literary analyses.


Seventh grade historians explore the medieval and modern world with all its varied societies, empires, governments, art, culture, religious beliefs, ideologies, and technological advancements. Putting all of these into context is the primary goal of the course, with an emphasis on how all of these histories relate to our world today. A partial list of topics includes: Byzantine Empire, Islam, Mongol Empire, China and Japan, Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, The Decline of Church Authority, the Age of Exploration.

Music History

The seventh grade Music History is the most challenging both in volume and depth of the material covered. In this course, we are getting familiar with composers starting from late Romantic period to the XX century. We begin with music of two Germans: Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms—two opposites that had the most profound influence on the music of late XIX and XX centuries. After being briefly acquainted with composers of Wagnerian school (Mahler and R. Strauss), we move on to the music of Russian Mighty Five and Tchaikovsky. To smoothen the transition to the XX century we study Debussy and Ravel and, after that, the early music of the last centennial, i.e. Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bartok. The class culminates in a very important final project where students are required to write a report on a XX (or XXIst) century composer of their choice.


A pass/no pass class, students will learn French language as well as culture, history, life, music science, etc. Students will have conversation and reading practice, grammar practice, and discussion of cultural activities.


Ensemble/chamber music is at the core of a Crowden education, where each voice is vital to the group; so too, in P.E. is every player’s individual participation and teamwork crucial. A partial list of units includes: soccer, posture/breathing, swimming, tennis, basketball, track and field, dance, nutrition. Social and emotional learning includes: being engaged in the team environment, teamwork, and awareness of surroundings, increased confidence, sportsmanship, leadership development.


Art will focus on the fundamentals of art, giving students an expanded awareness and understanding of line, form, color, shape, texture, and space, and skills and tools to use that knowledge creatively. Drawing is a primary focus, which may become a larger drawing, painting, or sculptural project. Projects may include observational drawing, perspective, positive and negative space, self-portraits, conceptual drawings, and graphic comics.


In the course of the academic year, students are asked to learn and to interpret choral works, both a cappella and accompanied, in various styles including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical Romantic, and Modern. To become familiar with different styles is important, as each style requires a special technical approach, which includes tone quality, sense of phrasing and, most importantly, the interpretation of the text. The “Con Brio” (seventh and eighth grade) Chorus will work on music both for boys choir and girls choir, as well as general SATB literature. Emphasis here is on healthy singing through the vocal changes of adolescence.

The Crowden School

A coeducational day school for grades 4–8, the Crowden School provides a distinguished education with chamber music at its core.