Grade 7-8

Student smiling while painting in art class


While eager to embrace the teen years, MacLachlan recognizes the need for Grade 7 and 8 students to learn how to manage increasing academic demands and higher expectations for independence, responsibility and accountability. The intermediate curriculum lays the foundation for high school by focusing on higher-order thinking, inquiry, integration, and international awareness.

Higher-order thinking includes building skills in analysis, critical thinking, synthesis, problem-solving and evaluation using several different learning and teaching techniques. Not only do we help smooth the academic transition from the Primary Years Programme, we also help ease the transition socially and emotionally, fostering a strong foundation which they can use as a springboard into the high school years.

Students in a circle in music room


The Intermediate School curriculum at MacLachlan is balanced with rigour and innovation, while making connections to the greater world. In addition to the new active learning classrooms, we have implemented a renewed Grade 7 and 8  Mathematics curriculum and have introduced a 21stCentury Skills course that provides students with the necessary information technology, research, writing, presentation and study skills required for high school. As your child progresses through each grade level, they are prepared to thrive academically, emotionally and socially.

Our guidance and career education program begins in Grade 7 as a way to help each student gain greater awareness and understanding of themselves, their educational goals and career options. In addition, MacLachlan Diploma Advisors are available throughout the year and formally meet with each Grade 7 and 8 student twice per year to review Individual Pathway Plans (IPP) and provide guidance and support towards their future educational goals.

A Day
In The Life

Beginning in Grade 7 students transition from the IB Primary Years Programme to an intermediate level rotary schedule. The academic program in Grades 7 through 12 continues with the collaborative and inquiry-based approach of the IB philosophy within an enhanced curriculum.

Our intermediate students participate in activities including social outings to the movies, bowling, mini-putt and more. Experiential field trips, including camping and overnight excursions, such as a four-night educational trip to Quebec City, also take place in order to advance teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills. Experiences outside the classroom provide our Grade 7 and 8 students with the opportunity to improve their social abilities and apply hands-on thinking to real-life situations. These excursions and activities create lasting memories and closer bonds with their peers by building significant relationships and producing a strong and stable foundation for the upper years.

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