Seventh graders study Old and New Testament teachings, as well as benefit from weekly Confirmation and Apologetics classes with our Youth Minister John Welte. Memorization and application of God's Word and many of the Six Chief Parts of Luther's Small Catechism are key to the life of young Christian teens. Literature students refine critical thinking skills and written compositions, as well as analyze theme, claim, and supporting evidence. Conventional grammar is practiced and applied through papers of length and an in-depth research paper. Math students are placed in either pre-algebra or algebra, based on teacher recommendations and parent preferences. Science students study Life, Earth, and Physical sciences with special emphasis on energy resources, weather, and motion. Geography studies investigate land mass, economic and political factors, and societies of various cultures in the Eastern Hemisphere. Grades six through eight comprise our Upper Grades; these classes benefit from academic departmentalization among our Upper Grade staff.