Seventh grade

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Seventh grade, equivalent to Year 8 in England and Wales, and First Year in Scotland, 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, though it is possible to normally enter the grade at age 11.

Around the world

United States

In the United States, in math, 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.

United Kingdom

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 1 or S1 - the first year of Secondary education. The Northern Irish equivalent is Year 9 or Second Form, the second year of secondary education.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, pupils aged 12 to 14 are in Secondary 2 or Form 2, the second year of secondary education.


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 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.


The Irish equivalent to seventh grade is First Year, which is the first year of secondary education. Students are usually 12-13 years old.


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.

Belgium and The Netherlands

In Belgium and the Netherlands the 7th grade is called "de eerste klas" or "brugklas" in the Netherlands, and "1e middelbaar" or "1ière secondaire" in Belgium, the first year of high school (middle school doesn't exist in Belgium and the Netherlands, when you're 12 you go from primary school (basisschool) to high school (middelbare school) ). After 4/5/6 years (depending on your level of education) you can get your diploma.


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. The students are usually between 12 and 13 years old.


In Bulgaria, it would correspond to седми клас or 7-ми клас. Students 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 Philippines History (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 Israel, in most formal places, the seventh grade is the first year of middle school.

South Africa

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.

Sweden and Finland

In Sweden and Finland, this is the seventh year of compulsory school and the first year of "junior high".


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.

New Zealand

In New Zealand, the equivalent is Year 8. It is the final year of education at either intermediate school (which is Year 7 & 8) or a full primary school. (A normal primary school finishes at Year 6). Students are usually 12 to 13 years old. There are some high schools that start at Year 7.

South Asia

In India, Pakistan and other South Asian Countries, grade seven is called Class Seven and forms 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.


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 Romania, seventh grade is called Seventh Class.


The elementary school curriculum varies with the organisation and educational aims of individual schools and local communities. Promotion from one grade to the next is based on testing and a child whose performance is poor may be required to repeat a year, while a gifted child may be allowed to skip a year. Elementary schools provide instruction in the fundamental skills of reading, writing and maths, as well as history, geography, crafts, music, science, art, 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 few years of elementary school in some areas and students can enter an ‘early French immersion programme’ at kindergarten or grade 1 level.


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


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.


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 13.

Saudi Arabia

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

See also


  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. 

External links

  • 7th grade math practice
Preceded by
Sixth grade
Seventh grade
age 12-13
Succeeded by
Eighth grade
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