With our seventh and eight grade program located in the separate Sister 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 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.
In this Middle School environment:
- students developed a strong sense of community
- seventh and eighth graders are motivated to be positive leaders of the academy
- growth in independence continues within cooperative, productive, and increasingly demanding academic settings
- experienced teachers who have a unique understanding of the early adolescence student provide exciting lessons within the classroom walls, as well as, real-world learning opportunities outside such as helping set up natural playscape at the nearby Morris Arboretum and whale watching off the coast of Cape Cod.
Signature Curriculum includes:
- classes in religion, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and Spanish with enrichment classes of art, music, physical education, and media studies (technology and library)
- an exploratory class chosen twice a year designed to excite and challenge students in different areas of interest. Recent Exploratory Classes 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), Coding, Biz World, and Mathematic Career Connections in Architecture and Engineering.
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. Supported by various technologies, students complete research, presentations, and group projects integrated across the curriculum.
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, as a result of 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.