Grades 6-8

By the sixth grade, students are well into the "logic" stage of the classical curriculum. Junior high school students begin to show more interest in the "Why?" behind the facts. Students are capable of forming abstract thoughts and detecting causal relationships between topics. During these years, children are challenged to rationally explain a particular fact, connect it to another related idea, or even evaluate how significant the fact truly is. Writing composition is a key component of the educational model during these years. Creating thesis statements, paragraph construction, developing supporting evidence, and logically organizing a five-paragraph essay are highly emphasized throughout all of the humanities subjects. Expanding vocabulary is also extremely important in order to handle the rigors of college preparatory, liberal arts High School curriculum. In mathematics, students polish off their algebraic skills in order to take more challenging math courses by the end of high school. Students are also taught how to explain why a particular event or idea in history happened, and why it shaped the way we think today.

NWEA tests are administered to all students in grades 6 and 7 each fall and spring.  These are instruments measuring student growth, not achievement. By assessing students twice yearly, both teachers and parents are aware of current student performance benchmarks, and able to more immediately address needs for remediation and enrichment. It is a responsive and developmentally appropriate testing model that truly fits the individualized approach to education that is Mount Royal's hallmark.

Class of 2023 PSAT 8/9 Assessment Results


Total Score
ERW
Math
MRA Mean Score
1011
521
490
National Mean Score
865
434
431
Point Difference
146
87
59
Percentage Difference
7.8
9.1
6.4

Grade 7 Course Sequence 

  • Catechesis I
  • Foundations of Math I or II, or Pre-Algebra
  • Literature and Composition I
  • Science: Physical Science or Life Science
  • Social Studies: Christian Civilization I 
  • Foreign Language: Intro to Latin, Intro to French, or Intro to Spanish
  • 7 Art
  • 7 Music
  • 7 Physical Education

Grade 8 Course Sequence 

  • Catechesis II
  • Pre-Algebra or Algebra I (High School course)
  • Literature and Composition II
  • Science: Physical Science, Life Science, or Intro to Engineering 
  • Social Studies: Christian Civilization II 
  • Foreign Language: Intro to Latin, Intro to French, or Intro to Spanish; Latin I, French I, or Spanish I (High School courses)
  • 8 Art
  • 8 Music
  • 8 Physical Education