The Grade 7 and 8 curriculum comprises the final elements of the standards that students need to cover before entering high school. At present, the curriculum is in transition. The chemistry topics of Matter and Interactions will still be taught in grades 7 and 8 this year but they are moving to 6th grade in the spring of 2014. These include: the study of the structure and behavior of matter, transformation of matter, such as, phase change, dissolution, reaction, elements, atomic structure, molecules, compounds, and energy transfers. In its place will be the Earth's System Unit.
The new curriculum for Grades 7 and 8 will contain a variety of material. It covers the Earth's System topics of weather phenomena, earthquakes, volcanism, and the rock cycle. The Life Science topics that are covered are reproductive biology and life cycles, cell division, plant reproduction, population dynamics, specific ecosystems and the interactions within, food webs and energy pyramids, natural selection, introduction to genetics, and exploration of microscopic organisms. The Physical Science unit consists of the study of energy and the different forms it can take, how forces do work to change energy from one form to another, how machines reduce the effort force needed to do work, and how forces change the motion of objects.