7th Grade

Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made

Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made for our daughter's education. The student to teacher ratio is excellent and makes me feel that my child gets the attention she needs to succeed. The teachers and staff are all friendly and alwaysavailable for any questions I may have.Although this is only our second year at Good Shepherd, I feel like I've gotten to know everybody, including the staff and students, in a way that wouldn't have been possible at a bigger school.
2016-09-16T01:01:44+00:00
Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made for our daughter’s education. The student to teacher ratio is excellent and makes me feel that my child gets the attention she needs to succeed. The teachers and staff are all friendly and alwaysavailable for any questions I may have.Although this is only our second year at Good Shepherd, I […]

Good Shepherd School is comprehensive

As parents with children in multiple grades, our perspective of Good Shepherd School is comprehensive and we are proud to say that we can’t recommend it enough. Our experience has been exceedingly rich and gratifying. Not only do we feel that our children are receiving the best education,we are confident that their lives are being enriched through extraordinary teachers, extracurricular activities, and an interactive school environment that promotes morality and kindness. The collaborative approach that the teachers take to education, both through in-year consultation and as the children transition between years, produces an environment whereby each child’s needs/strengths are defined and addressed accordingly by the faculty collective. And their intuition is amazing. The teachers “open-door” policy and routine communication with the parents is a differentiator for the school.We are truly blessed to have found such an nurturing environment for which our children can grow and prosper.
2016-09-16T01:09:46+00:00
As parents with children in multiple grades, our perspective of Good Shepherd School is comprehensive and we are proud to say that we can’t recommend it enough. Our experience has been exceedingly rich and gratifying. Not only do we feel that our children are receiving the best education,we are confident that their lives are being enriched through extraordinary teachers, extracurricular […]

Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation

Our family lives in Pacifica and our children have attend Good Shepherd School for several years. Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation along with strong Christian values. The school encourages parent participation and we have a real sense of community. The student to teacher ratio is low,and our teachers are very committed to our children. We love this school!
2016-09-16T01:11:37+00:00
Our family lives in Pacifica and our children have attend Good Shepherd School for several years. Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation along with strong Christian values. The school encourages parent participation and we have a real sense of community. The student to teacher ratio is low,and our teachers are very committed to our children. […]

The close-knit and welcoming community made a huge difference

My older son transferred to Good Shepherd after attending public school while my younger son started Kindergarten at Good Shepherd. They were both immediately welcomed by their classmates and also by the student body as a whole. I was amazed that older students at Good Shepherd knew my children's names and interacted with them after school, at Extended Care (the after-school program) and at school events. I also found that the parents of Good Shepherd students were very welcoming andwe were invited to social events starting on the first day of school. The close-knit and welcoming community made a huge difference in both our sons' adjustment to a new school. I continue to be impressed with the diversity of the student body as well as the commitment to academics at each grade level. I am thankful we chose this school for our family
2016-09-16T01:13:51+00:00
My older son transferred to Good Shepherd after attending public school while my younger son started Kindergarten at Good Shepherd. They were both immediately welcomed by their classmates and also by the student body as a whole. I was amazed that older students at Good Shepherd knew my children’s names and interacted with them after school, at Extended Care (the […]

Family & Community Feel

We have been with GSS since 2013; now, both of my daughters attend GSS and we ALL LOVE it. If you are looking for a school that is small, challenges your child in academics, encourages teacher/parent involvement while maintaining a “Family\Community feel” then do consider Good Shepherd School. (Mr. and Ms. S., Children in 4th and 1st grade.)
2016-10-15T01:03:33+00:00
We have been with GSS since 2013; now, both of my daughters attend GSS and we ALL LOVE it. If you are looking for a school that is small, challenges your child in academics, encourages teacher/parent involvement while maintaining a “Family\Community feel” then do consider Good Shepherd School. (Mr. and Ms. S., Children in 4th and 1st grade.)

It really does take a village

It really does take a village to raise children and we are so thankful for the village (Good Shepherd School) that we have in our lives. (M.H., Parent)
2016-10-15T01:04:30+00:00
It really does take a village to raise children and we are so thankful for the village (Good Shepherd School) that we have in our lives. (M.H., Parent)

On a field trip to AT&T Park, the seventh grade applied their study of statistics to baseball.

The seventh grade will examine the life, ministry, and influence of Jesus Christ.  We will take a close look at his role as a human being. Students will reflect on both the divine and human characteristics of Christ and the impact that his life had on the formation of Christianity and the Catholic church.  The four Gospels will serve as guiding light for the content which we will cover during the academic year.  Finally, students will discover several ways for which they may apply this knowledge to day to day life in the real world.

7th grade students will learn how to do the following math skills based on the California Common Core Standards:

  • Focus on ratio and proportional relationships such as unit rates, identify, relate, represent, and interpret proportional relationships, and percent.
  • Focus on the number system such as the four operations with integers, multiply and divide with rational numbers, and be able to apply rational number operations.
  • Focus on expressions and equations, such as simplifying, expanding, factoring, solve linear equations and inequalities.
  • Focus on geometry using scale drawings, constructing triangles with both side lengths, angle measures, apply formulas for area and circumference of circles, and using equations to find unknown angle measures, and problem solving for area, volume, and surface area.
  • Focus on statistics and probability such as sampling, comparing distribution, probability of chance event, and relate frequency and probability.

All students will participate in “Portfolio” styled writing this year.  Students will examine the Step Up To Writing method for expository and narrative themed writing; utilizing the key components of proper paragraph structure and organization.  Specific concepts will include cohesion, effective transitions, agreement, peer editing, and the use of correct grammar and mechanics.  The junior high will utilize a universal form of editing language for the support of each other’s writing endeavors.

Students will work both individually and collaboratively in order to attain a strong foundation in reading, writing, and word understanding.  The curriculum will focus on the larger goal of preparing students for the reading standards and requirements of higher learning according to the Common Core.

Students study Life Science in the 7th grade.  They investigate the following units:

  • Cell Biology
  • Reproduction and Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Earth and Life History
  • Structure, Function and Physical Properties in Living Systems

Students also conduct an extensive investigation that culminates in a presentation at the school science fair.  Top ten students from the school progress to the San Mateo County Science Fair held at Hiller Aviation Museum.

The focus of the seventh grade social studies curriculum is World History. Students discover the contributions of other cultures and nations to our current society through a project based approach. Students acquire research skills as they prepare their projects.

In the 7th grade students work with the audio-editing software Audacity.  They learn how to capture and manipulate audio files.  They also work with the video-creating and editing software, Adobe Premiere and learn how to combine audio and video files to produce professional products such as commercials and movie-trailers.