Seven Hills School

A Private Middle School for Boys

Imagine the educational possibilities in a setting where teachers welcome the spirit that adolescent boys bring into the classroom.

At Seven Hills School in Richmond, VA, we embrace all aspects of the middle school boy and emphasize hands-on learning, critical thinking, and guided exploration.  As a private school, we are not beholden to state-mandated standardized testing.  We foster an inquisitive mind and emotional strength within a program of demanding academic study. At our all-boys school, we take advantage of what makes boys different, and we find meaningful ways to channel their energy and respond to their diverse learning styles.

Our small class sizes, in combination with our understanding of the developmental needs of adolescent boys, foster unique relationships between students and teachers. We are purposely designed to help boys discover how they learn best, and develop the confidence to excel.

Seven Hills students go on to the area’s top private and public high schools, including the regional Governor’s Schools, International Baccalaureate and Specialty programs, and Community and Open High. We offer the academic rigor that the best private and public high schools expect, within the supportive learning environment boys need.

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News from Seven Hills

School Closed – Tuesday, Jan. 10

Seven Hills will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 10 due to the snow and resulting conditions on campus.  Please check back tomorrow on our Facebook page, website, or your email for an update about Wednesday.

Admissions for the 2016-17 School Year

Interested in having your son excited about school? How about having classes at the James River each month?

Team Teaching Fridays

Friday, Sept. 18 marked the inauguration of Team Teaching Fridays at Seven Hills School.  Team Teaching classes focus on four disparate themes and are taught jointly by faculty from different academic areas.  According to our Head of School, Dagan Rowe, “Often in a student’s education, core content knowledge and concepts appear distinctly separate from that of other classes.  In launching Team Teaching Fridays, our faculty has created innovative, interdisciplinary lessons which engage the senses and illuminate the connections across multiple disciplines within our curriculum.”   With content from language arts, math, history, science, world cultures, Future Problem Solving, engineering & technology, art, music, and more, these classes will immerse Seven Hills students in tangible, real-life subjects that get them to expand their thinking and better understand the world around them, as well as their place and responsibilities as citizens within it.  Each grade level will focus on one of four team-teaching classes each quarter and then rotate.  This year’s courses are:

King Corn – What does it mean if an animal is “corn fed”?  This course studies corn’s historical significance; its impact on agricultural practices and on the environment; and its impact on our health.

Surviving Natural Disasters – Are we prepared to survive a zombie apocalypse? Or more realistically, an earthquake, tornado, or tsunami? This class explores the phenomena of natural disasters from the science and engineering to the social, emotional, and psychological impacts in the aftermath.  Note: this is the topic for this year’s Future Problem Solving State Bowl Qualifying Packet.

Post-War Art, Literature, and Music – After each major world war in the 20th Century, what impact did being a “winner” or “loser” have on the arts produced in the countries involved?  Starting with World War I, this class will study the historical significance of the wars on the major countries involved while focusing on the visual arts, literature, and music.

Music & Lyrics – What was the genesis of jazz?  How many beats is a whole or half note?  Students in this class will enjoy listening to and learning about some of the more popular and influential genres in the music culture.  Studying four different genres: jazz, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, students will better understand the formation, history, and culture surrounding these different forms of music as well as differences in their music composition.

For video and images from today’s classes, please check out our Facebook page.

Expert on Boys Speaks at 7HS

Dr. Abigail Norfleet James spoke to a group of parents at Seven Hills on Sunday, February 8.  Her books, The Parents Guide to Boys: Help Your Son Get the Most Out of School and Life and Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel, & Learn in School are extremely helpful guides for parents and teachers of boys.   For more information about the titles above and her other work, visit http://abigailnorfleetjames.com/.

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