Junior High

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.

College Board Assessment Data

PSAT 8/9 2019 Results
Total Score
MRA Mean Score
National Mean Score
Point Difference
43 4
MRA Met Both Benchmarks
55% 91%
National Met Both Benchmarks
44% 65% 48%

Grade 6 Course Sequence 

  • Catechesis I
  • Foundations of Math I or II
  • Literature and Composition I
  • Computer Science
  • American History
  • 6 Art
  • 6 Music
  • 6 Physical Education

Grade 7 Course Sequence 

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

Grade 8 Course Sequence 

  • Catechesis III
  • Pre-Algebra or Algebra I (High school course)
  • Literature and Composition III
  • Physical Science
  • Christian Civilization II 
  • Foreign Language: Latin I or Spanish I (High school courses)
  • 8 Art
  • 8 Music
  • 8 Physical Education