Seventh grade

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Seventh grade (or grade seven), equivalent to Year 8 in England and Wales, and S2 in Scotland, is a year or level of education in many nations around the world. The seventh grade is the eighth school year, the second year of middle school and comes after 6th grade or elementary school. Students are around 12-13 years old in this stage.

Around the world[edit]


In some states of Australia including Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, and Tasmania, Year 7 is the first year of secondary school, but in others it is the last year of primary school. It is actually the eighth year of schooling (Prep/Foundation, 1 to 6, then Year 7). In Australia, Year 7 students are aged 12–13 years old.


In Belgium the 7th grade is the first year of high school. When reaching the age of 12 or 13, the children go from primary school (“basisschool”) to Secondary school (“middelbare school”).

The 7th grade is a warming up for the rest of the high school period. It is also used to reference students their capability, to make sure they belong to the right level of education. Students here learn the languages Dutch, French and English (this is their first year learning English) in the northern part of Belgium (Flanders), and learn French or German and can choose between Dutch, English, German or French in the southern and German part of Belgium, just as their own language (Dutch, French or German) skills. Other classes in the 7th grade are: Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Art & Music, Geography, Physics, Physical education (gym), Social studies, Religion (depends on the school itself) and Computer science (Computer science in 7th grade means learning to work with computers properly, though most of the student already have a good understanding of how to use computers).

Belgium uses a system, where specific education is accommodated in the high school period, which also is chosen by the student (TSO [nl], BSO [nl], KSO [nl]) before they choose to go to work or continuing at a university.


In Brazil, the time for elementary school was recently raised from 8 to 9 years, and the minimum age required to enter the seventh grade was not changed. The students are usually between 11 and 13. In the seventh grade, all students must be 12 years old before March 31 or May 31 depending on school.


In Bulgaria, it would correspond to седми клас or 7-ми клас. Students are usually 13 years old.


Grade 7 in Canada is the first year of junior high school, middle school, or the second last grade of junior/elementary school. Intermediate schools (grades 6, 7 and 8) provide education in Literature and Mathematics, as well as History, Geography, Music, Drama, Dance, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics in particular), Art, French (English if in French Immersion), and Physical Education (phys ed. or gym). French and ‘foreign’ languages, which used to be taught only at high schools, are now introduced during the last 2 years of elementary school and all years of middle school.


In Egypt, this is the first year of the Middle School. Usually students who are in 7th grade are 11, 12, 13 years old.


In Sweden and Finland, this is the seventh year of compulsory school and either the second or first year of "junior high", depending on the size of the schools in the district.


In France, seventh grade is called 5ème (5 years before Terminale, where most students take the Baccalauréat). 5ème is the second year of French secondary school, which is called collège.


In Greece, seventh grade is called first year of gymnasium school or middle school, or lower secondary school (Proti Gymnasiou - Πρώτη Γυμνασίου)

Hong Kong[edit]

In Hong Kong, pupils aged 12 to 13 are in Secondary 1 or Form 1, the first year of secondary education.


In India grade seven is called Class 7 and forms middle school. Class 7 forms the second year in middle school. Pupils aged 12 to 13 attend class 7. Students are introduced to more complex mathematics,science among other subjects. In most schools, social studies is divided into history, civics and geography at this stage. Seventh class is the second last class in the secondary education system of India.Education_in_India#Secondary_education


In Indonesia grade seven is called class VII and forms the first year in junior high school. Students are aged 12 to 13 years.


In Iran, Grade 7 is the first year of Highschool A. There are 2 stages of Highschool in Iran: A and B. A ranges from grade 7 to 9 and B ranges from 9 to 12. Most of Iranian 7 graders are 13 years old.


The Irish equivalent to seventh grade is First Year, which is the first year of secondary education. Students are usually 12–13 years old. This is usually the time when students begin having different teachers for different subjects, and move classrooms after each period.


In Israel, in most formal places, the seventh grade is the first year of middle school.


In Malaysia, the seventh grade can be referred as Form 1. It is the beginning of student's secondary school after completing primary school at the age of 12.


In the Netherlands the 7th grade is the first class of high school, also named "brugklas" (bridge class). When reaching the age of 12 or 13, the children go from primary school (“basisschool”) to high school (“middelbare school”).

7th grade is a testing ground for the rest of the high school period, as their performance in 7th grade determines their classification for the rest of high school. Besides Dutch, students will learn foreign languages like German, French and English. Higher levels of 7th grade curriculum include Latin, Greek, Chinese and/or Spanish.

Other classes in the 7th grade are: Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Art, Music, Geography, History, Physics, Physical education (“gym”), Social studies, Religion (depends on the school itself) and Computer science.

After 4, 5 or 6 years (depending on the level of education) one can get their diploma, which grants access to specific education, like the university or HBO and MBO education. These are educations that focuses on specific talents, chosen by the student to prepare them for a job environment.

New Zealand[edit]

In New Zealand, Year 8 (formerly Form 2) is the equivalent of seventh grade, with students aged 12 or 13 during the year. It is the final year at intermediate school.


In Norway, students enter the seventh grade the year they turn twelve years old. This is the final year of Barneskole (literally Kids School), equivalent to Elementary School.


In Pakistan grade seven is called Class Seven and forms middle school. They are usually 13 years old.


In the Philippines, Grade 7 is the first year of Junior High School. Topics mainly discussed are the following subjects like, for the major subjects are Elementary-based Algebra (Math in Grade 7), Integrated Science (Science in Grade 7), Filipino subject with Ibong Adarna, English and Asian Studies (Political Studies in Grade 7). Values Education, World Literature, MAPEH (Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health), Computer and TLE (Technology and Livelihood Education) are some of the minor subjects. Students are usually 12–13 years old.


In Romania, seventh grade is called Seventh Class, being the third year of secondary education, when students start preparing for the national exam, which takes place at the end of 8th grade as a form of high school admission test.


In Russia, students in seventh grade are usually 12–14 years old. It is third grade of the middle school. Children study such subjects as: Algebra, Geometry, Russian language, foreign language (often English), Physics, Biology, History, Social studies, Geography, Arts, Literature, Music, Physical Education, Information Technologies, labour training (wood processing, sewing, cooking), in some regions native languages.

Saudi Arabia[edit]

In Saudi Arabia, seventh grade is the first year of Middle School.


In Singapore, seventh grade is called Secondary One, and it is the start of one's secondary education after one completes primary education. Pupils are typically at the age of 13 in seventh grade.

South Africa[edit]

In South Africa, Grade 7 is the final year of primary school and is also the final year before High School as there is no such thing as Middle School in South Africa. Pupils (called Learners by the Department of Education) are usually between the ages of 11,12 and 13.


In Sweden and Finland, this is the seventh year of compulsory school and either the second or first year of "junior high", depending on the size of the schools in the district.


In Taiwan, seventh grade refers to two things: students in the first year of junior-high but also to people born between the years 70-79 (the seventh decade) of the Minguo calendar, which equates to between 1981 and 1990.

United Kingdom[edit]

In England and Wales, pupils aged between 12 and 13 are in Year 8 which is the second year of Secondary School. The Scottish equivalent is Secondary 2 or S2 - the second year of Secondary education. The Northern Irish equivalent is Year 9 or Second Form, the second year of secondary education. It is rare for pupils younger than 12-13 to enter Year 8.

United States[edit]

In the United States, in math, students begin to go more into pre-algebra or the beginnings of algebra including ratio, proportion, and percent. New topics sometimes include scientific notation, concepts with negative numbers, and more advanced geometry.[1] Some schools allow advanced students to take Algebra I early in the United States.

In social studies, advanced pre-Civil War History is taught. Though American history is usually the most common, other cultures and time periods may be taught. In some states, such as Texas and South Carolina, state history is usually taught instead.[2]

In science, it is usually moderate-level biology. In some parts of the United States, they have a different class for each of their subjects, and so they change classrooms at the end of each period. Foreign language is often introduced at this level. The students can typically choose from several languages depending on school ability.

In the United States 41 states have implemented Common Core standards for 7th grade curriculum. Key English and Language Arts Standards for 7th grade include:[3]

  • Ability to cite textual evidence to support analysis and inferences drawn from the text
  • Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters in a text
  • Compare and contrast a written work to its audio, staged, or multimedia counterpart, including analysis of the effects of techniques unique to each medium

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "7th Grade Math Worksheets – Topics To Study". 7th Grade Math. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  2. ^ "SEVENTH GRADE AFRICA, ASIA, AND AUSTRALIA". Standard Course of Study. Public Schools of North Carolina. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  3. ^ "English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature » Grade 7 | Common Core State Standards Initiative". Retrieved 2019-07-19.

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Preceded by
Seventh grade
age 12-13
Succeeded by