Upper School | 7th & 8th Grade
Seventh Grade continues the Logic stage and the development of critical thinking skills centered around the Renaissance time period. In seventh grade students also move from Latin roots incorporated in their grammar to a full Latin course. In seventh grade students also have the opportunity to choose one elective. Students in this grade begin rotating between classrooms and teachers.
Associated Student Body (ASB) Program
Temecula Preparatory School believes that it is important to foster a school that is safe, clean, and orderly to nurture learning. Additionally we believe that our school should be characterized by trust, professionalism, and high expectations for all students, as well as a focus on continuous school improvement.
In order to ensure that we are fostering learning in this way and providing an opportunity for our students to meet high expectations, we have placed great importance on our ASB program which is led by three (3) separately elected student councils. This fosters the example of peer leadership early on in our students’ lives which is critical to our overall vision of building a heritage of leaders in our community and society which will promote virtue, wisdom and knowledge.
Student Councils are the most important constituency in the school is the one we have been created to serve, the students. Our student’s needs for an excellent education drive our vision and mission. Part of providing an excellent education is developing a strong student culture where students are encouraged to lead in the development of school policies, activities, and events.
To facilitate the desire for this growth of student leaders, TPS has created a strong and active “Student Council.”
There are three separate “Student Councils.” The first serves grades 1-6; the second serve grades 7-8; the third serves grades 9-12. Each of these councils is filled by students who have been elected from the overall student body by their peers.
These three bodies provide students with a venue for their voices to be heard and to help gauge the needs of the student body as a whole. In addition, these councils plan activities and events that support student culture needs and desires. Among the events that the council’s have planned are: school dances, spirit weeks, field days, pep-rallies, career-days, community outreaches, and a culture fair.
These councils are instrumental in the overall vision for our school where virtue matters and is lived out, but more importantly, where students witness the impact of virtue on other people and as a result, they are inspired to pursue virtuous leadership after they leave our classrooms.
7/8 ASB Advisor: Mrs. Tanzi Clarke
Athletic Program (6th – 8th)
TPS offers athletic opportunities to our sixth through twelfth grade students. The following sports are offered to our sixth through eighth grade students:
- Cross Country
- Flag Football (Junior Varsity & Varsity)
- Volleyball (Girls Junior Varsity & Varsity)
- Basketball (Boys & Girls)
- Soccer (Boys & Girls)
Field Study Trip
On the optional Catalina Island Marine Institute field study program 7th grade students will learn environmental conservation, marine biology, astronomy, geology, geography, horticulture, and many other sciences. Students take hikes to learn about the natural environment and habitat. They will take three snorkel dives over a five day period where they will study the many lifeforms in the ocean including bioluminescence as they snorkel at night in the bay.
They kayak to nearby beaches and study the seals while learning about how scientists measure the guano on the rocks to judge the health of the oceans including the seals and kelp beds. Students learn about algae, eels, and other sea life as well as dissecting a squid! Students also spend important class time studying sea cucumbers, sharks, starfish, and other living creatures. This five day learning adventure enlightens them to the world around them and how their actions as stewards of the Earth impact other species.
Eighth grade completes the historical rotation for the second time in our students’ career ending with a critical study of Modernity (1860-current). In addition, the emphasis on virtue culminates in eighth grade with cotillion. Finally, we conclude eighth grade with a promotion ceremony to celebrate all that our students have done in preparation for high school and becoming leaders for the rest of our student body.