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Junior High

Christ the King School - Junior High

Students in Junior High (6th-8th grades) at Christ the King School participate in an array of cross-curricular, technology-enhanced activities that are rooted in strong curricular standards.  Students interact with the curricula through debate, role-play, simulation, discussion, learning circles, labs, creation of multimedia presentations and other activities that engage their multiple intelligences and prepare them for real life scenarios.  

General Course Content:

Language Arts

  • Composition of APA- and MLA-style research papers
  • Composition of essays, taught from the Lucy Calkins Units of Study, including narrative, persuasive and expository
  • Grammar 
  • Vocabulary study
  • Public speaking


  • Reading strategies (inferencing, visualizing, making connections)
  • Genre and novel study (whole class and independent)
  • Identification, analysis and evaluation of authors’ use of literary devices
  • Two book chats per trimester
  • Summer reading


  • Practice, application, problem-solving, projects
  • Concepts such as fractions operations, percentages and geometry
  • Algebra I concepts, such as solving and graphing multi-step equations


  • Old and New Testaments
  • Foundations and Doctrine of the Catholic Church
  • Confirmation preparation
  • 10 Commandments 
  • Christian Living


  • Basic principles of life science; introduction to physical science and chemistry
  • Opportunities to design and conduct experiments
  • Scientific experimentation that includes lab safety, scientific tools and measurements, use of simple statistical tools to analyze data and representation of data using graphs, charts and scientific models.
  • Laboratory skills, including dissection

Social Studies

  • World history
  • US history from early civilization to the present
  • US and IL State Constitution Tests (Grade 7, required for graduation)
  • Study of current events