Seventh Grade Curriculum: English, science, mathematics, social studies, world
language, reading, physical education, health, computer literacy, art and an
elective of band, orchestra, chorus, exploring technology, personal
development, or multi-media technology.
Eighth Grade Curriculum: English, science, mathematics, social studies, world
language, reading, physical education, music, family and consumer sciences, and
an elective of band, chorus, orchestra, art, exploring technology, multi-media technology,
or advanced multi-media technology.
Curriculum: The ninth grade
represents the first year of the high school program. Students earn points
toward the fulfillment of graduation requirements with courses in English,
mathematics, science, social studies, world language, physical education and
health, and an extensive elective program.
OVERVIEW OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
- Abington Junior High School provides educational services to all of the
students in the district assigned to grades seven, eight, and nine.
- Students in grade seven are assigned to one of four
"neighborhoods" of approximately 140 students. Instruction in
the neighborhoods is through an interdisciplinary team of teachers who
work collaboratively to deliver an effective instructional program.
Students in grade eight are assigned to one of five
small learning communities of approximately 140 students.
- A comprehensive program in the communication arts is offered with courses in
English which incorporate grammar, the writing process, spelling,
vocabulary and literature. An honors English program begins in grade
- Reading instruction continues at the junior high school through
developmental and basic reading courses. A course for gifted students
is provided in reading in grades seven and eight.
- The mathematics
program is designed to provide instruction for a range of student
abilities with honors sections offered at all three grade levels. The
learning center provides support for any student in need of additional
- The science
program sequence includes science for all seventh-eighth grade students,
and biology in grade nine. Honors
courses in science are offered at all three grade levels. The junior high
school participates in the GLOBE Project and is a host site for a WeatherNet 10, NBC weather station.
- The social studies
courses offer a sequence that includes World Geography in grade seven,
American History in grade eight, and the development of Western
Civilization in grade nine. Elective courses in law and topics in
world affairs is offered to grade
nine students. Honors programs in the social studies are available to
students at each grade level.
- Computer literacy courses are required for all seventh grade
students. Students learn basic applications in word processing,
spreadsheet, and desktop publishing with an
emphasis on applications as a tool in day-to-day work in other
subjects. In grades 8 and 9 students may elect to take a computer
class focusing on multi-media presentations.
- Students are offered instruction in the world languages of French,
German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Many students begin language study in grade 7 and
complete French, German, or Spanish II by the end of the ninth grade.
Other students may begin language study in grades 8 or 9.
Honors language class opportunities are offered in grades 8 and 9.
- Programs in health
education and adolescent issues are provided through
courses offered by the Health and Physical Education and the Family and
Consumer Science Departments. The programs are developmentally designed
and are offered in the Connected Learning Cycle. Students also
participate in weekly physical
- Students are provided connected
learning courses in seventh and eighth grades. In
grade 7, the program includes physical education and health for the entire
year alternating with art and computer literacy. In grade 8 the
program consists of physical education and health for the entire year
alternating with technology education and general music.