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Upper Grades 7-8

With our seventh and eight grade program located in the separate James Anthony Hall Building on the Norwood Campus, seventh grade literally and figuratively becomes a “move up” year. In this setting, seventh and eighth graders experience both formation as young adolescents and remote preparation for high school. During these years, students gain increased independence, passion, and confidence in the learning process as they engage in more challenging individual project assignments.

Our students in this middle school environment have developed a strong sense of community throughout their time at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy and are motivated to be positive leaders of the academy. Their growth in independence continues within cooperative, productive, and increasingly demanding academic settings. Experienced teachers who have a unique understanding of the early adolescence student excel at providing exciting lessons within the classroom walls, as well as, real-world learning opportunities outside such as, testing water from a near-by Wissahickon Creek, and  whale watching off the coast of Cape Cod.

The core academic classes include religion, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and Spanish with enrichment classes of art, music, physical education, and media studies (technology and library). Seventh and eighth grade students also choose an exploratory class twice a year. Exploratory classes in the 2013-2014 school year include: Healthy Teen Lifestyles, La Cultura Rica de Espana, Three Decades of Rock and Roll- the 50’s to the 70’s, The Sounds of Silence (silent video production), The Catholic Martyrs, Biz World, and Mathematic Career Connections in Architecture and Engineering are designed to excite and challenge students in different areas of interest.

A literature-rich environment is created across all subject areas and students continue to build their reading, writing, and oral language skills as well as develop a life-long love of reading and writing. Students complete research papers, presentations, and group projects that are integrated into multiple subject areas and utilize various technological sources, printed materials, and cited sources.

Eighth grade graduates are prepared for public, private, and independent secondary schools, many winning scholarships to these institutions.

Our graduates qualify for high school honors classes and, due to the their experience at NFA,  test into sophomore level Spanish and mathematics classes. Consistently, the focus at NFA is on preparing students to be faith-filled and responsible participants in a 21st century multi-cultural and technological society.