Seventh Grade

Wheeling Country Day School offers Seveth Grade for children eleven and twelve years old. Students in Seventh Grade continue to advance and participate in Deep Dives – project-based learning that challenge how they learn and interact in real-world scenarios.

We unlock the power in our Seventh Graders to learn and enjoy learning at our Middle School Branch Campus at Wheeling Park.

In Seventh Grade, we continue to provide core foundations in math and language arts, while introducing them to project-based learning that challenges the students to apply all subjects (math, science, history, global studies and more) as they work together with each and on their own.

Teachers work with the students to find problems and work through a proven framework to solve the problem by using a variety of skills, such as (math, science, engineering, reading, and more) to find their own way to solving real-life problems.

Creative & Skill-Based Courses

In addition to the traditional subject areas, students participate in fine arts, physical education, foreign language, and technology classes. An emphasis on the fine arts has been a part of the school since its inception. Biweekly classes in art and music are highlights in the children’s experiences. Daily physical education classes enhance physical development, while the morning intramural program fosters team relationships across grade levels. Children learn to use both the library and the computer as valuable resources for information. 

English and Book Exploration

Under the guidance of their English teacher, the seventh-grade class explores the captivating world of books like “Howl’s Moving Castle.” They actively participate in discussions, analyze the characters, and conduct vocabulary investigations related to the novel. Students are hone their writing and analytical skills by creating summaries and predictions about the plot. Furthermore, they are engaged in vocabulary studies, examining new words from the text with the help of provided resources in Google classroom. This emphasis on literature and language arts enriches their reading comprehension and critical thinking abilities.

Pre-Algebra and Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra

In math classes, the seventh-grade students focus on essential topics to strengthen their mathematical foundation. They learn about fractions, including finding least common multiples, greatest common factors, and simplifying fractions. Furthermore, they are explore addition and subtraction of numbers with decimals and practicing expressions with variables. Interactive activities like math games and quizzes are regular features of the lessons, ensuring effective concept retention and problem-solving skills development.

An Emphasis on Character Development

Character development instruction highlighting respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship complements the academic offerings. Each teacher weaves this special program into the class’s regular curriculum.

Science and Microscope Exploration

In science class, the seventh-grade students are immersed in an exciting scientific journey focused on living organisms and microscopic exploration. They learn about microscope parts and functions and identify the characteristics used to classify living organisms. The students also conduct experiments, observing microscopic samples like a letter “e” from a newspaper clipping. Through these experiments, they gain insights into how samples appear inverted and reversed under the microscope. Additionally, the students explore extremophiles and investigate whether specific ones could potentially survive on Mars. Peer-led presentations and hands-on activities contribute to their in-depth understanding of biology and scientific investigation.

Technology & Culture

While being part of the Wheeling Country Day School community, children prepare for an increasingly global, technological society with language and culture classes as well as technology instruction. In addition to studying Spanish and French, students explore the rich cultural heritage represented by the school’s families. Special school-wide and classroom activities throughout the year expand this understanding of the relationship between self and community. At the same time, students receive computer instruction preparing them for the world’s technology and their participation in it.

Sports, Clubs, & After School Activities

Wheeling Country Day School extends its curriculum by offering students a variety of clubs that they may join. Middle School students have the ability to participate in select sports including swim team, cross country, golf, tennis, martial arts, and more. 

Social Activities and Student Engagement

Throughout the school year, the seventh-grade class actively participates in various social activities, fostering a sense of community and connection. They enjoy engaging events such as kickball games, parent Zoom meetings, and parent coffee gatherings. These extracurricular activities provide opportunities for students to connect with each other outside the classroom and develop essential social and teamwork skills. The dynamic social environment complements their academic growth, making their learning experience more holistic and enriching.

7th Grade Teachers & Staff

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Brittney Farris

MS Science
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Carrie Ochap

Middle School/Middle School Director
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Chelsey Keding

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Damon Rouse

4th Grade
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David Mallow

MS Science
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Joe Jividen

Middle School / Director of Communications

Before & Aftercare Programs

Our before and aftercare programs are designed to help the student and the parent. Drop your students off early or pick them up a bit later and feel comfortable knowing they are safe and still learning.

Tutoring & Multisensory Learning

Edge at Wheeling Country Day School is an on-campus instruction center for students with language-based learning differences. 

Eighth Grade

For students ready to graduate from Seventh Grade, Wheeling Country Day School offers exceptional Eighth Grade education.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I stay updated on my child's progress and the class activities?

To stay updated on your child’s progress and class activities, we encourage you to regularly check the school’s online platform, where teachers post assignments, announcements, and grades. Additionally, we will communicate important information through email and conduct parent-teacher conferences to discuss your child’s academic development.

What safety measures are in place during the Deep Dive bike ride and other school activities?

The safety of our students is our top priority. During the Deep Dive bike ride and other school activities, we ensure adult supervision and follow all safety guidelines. For the bike ride, experienced adults accompany the students, and we conduct safety briefings before the activity. For other events, we work closely with staff to implement safety protocols and provide a secure learning environment.

How can I support my child's learning at home, particularly in subjects like math and English?

Supporting your child’s learning at home is crucial. For subjects like math and English, you can engage in regular discussions about their studies, encourage reading together, and assist with homework if needed. Additionally, utilizing online resources, such as Khan Academy for math practice or reading and discussing books together, will further enhance their learning experience.

How can I best communicate with my child's teachers if I have questions or concerns?

We value open communication with parents. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers via email or schedule a meeting. We are here to support your child’s academic journey, and your input is essential to ensure their success and well-being in the classroom.


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Applying online is easy with WCDS. Complete and submit your online application. This application confirms your interest and prompts the school’s consideration of your child. You can download and submit the records release form if your child currently attends kindergarten or above. 

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The school takes great pride in the fact that the Head of School meets with each family to engage in a mission/philosophy conversation. Admissions Events offer this group opportunity or you can contact the Admissions Office for special arrangements. 

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Diversity Statement

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WCDS seeks to purposefully build an environment that reflects and honors diversity. We honor the dignity of every human being, and we respect and value differences including but not limited to socioeconomics, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and family composition. Our community is committed to ongoing dialogue, education, and reflection to develop understanding and inclusion of every member.

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