Seventh grade (called Grade 7 in some regions, and Year 7 in some other regions such as Australia) is a year of education in many nations. The seventh grade is the seventh school year after kindergarten. Students are usually 12–13 years old. Traditionally, seventh grade was the next-to-last year of grade school. In the United States and Canada, it is usually the second, third, or last year of middle school, the first year of junior high school, or the 7th year of grade school. In Quebec, it is usually the last year of elementary school or the first year of high school.
In the United States, in mathematics, students focus commonly on an introduction to 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. In some parts of the United States, such as Texas, Colorado, California and Utah, math may be mixed-grade according to the student's previous knowledge, so some students may already be in a 9th grade algebra course. In social studies, advanced pre-Civil War History is taught. Though American history is usually the norm, other cultures and time periods may be taught. In science, it is usually moderate-level biology. In some parts of the United States, seventh grade is the first school year in which students have different teachers 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 England, it is called Year 8. Pupils are aged between 12-13 and it is the second year of Secondary School.
In some states of Australia including Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, and Tasmania, Year 7 is the first year of secondary school, but it is actually the eighth year of schooling (Prep/Kindergarten, 1 through 6 then Year 7). In Australia Year 7 students are aged 12–13 years old.
In Ireland, the equivalent is called First Year, the first year of secondary school. Students are usually 12–13 years old.
Its English and Welsh equivalent is Year 8, the second year of secondary education. The Northern Irish equivalent is Year 9 or Second Form, also the second year of secondary education. The Scottish equivalent is Secondary 1 or S1 - the first year of Secondary education.
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 changed from 11 to 12 years old.
In the Philippines, Grade 7 is formerly called 1st Year High School since school year 2012-2013.
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 12 and 13.
In New Zealand, the equivalent is Year 8 (formerly Form 2). It is the final year of education at either intermediate school or a full primary school. Students are usually 12 to 13 years old.
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 often at the age of 13 in seventh grade with some exceptions.
In France, seventh grade is called 5ème (5 years before Terminale, where most students take the Baccalauréat).
In Romania, seventh grade is called Seventh Class, and it is the hardest class from the middle school.
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 1989.
In Greece, seventh grade is called 1st year of middle school (1η γυμνασίου in Greek). It is the first year of Greece's middle school (γυμνάσιο). Students are taught subjects such as: Physical Education, Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology), Religious Education, and language subjects