All About Junior School

What is the Junior School?

The 7th and 8th grades at Hopkins are considered the Junior School or "J-School."

J-School is a small, comfortable neighborhood within the Hopkins campus community where our youngest students learn from teachers who are both experienced educators and compassionate people who understand how to help students reach for more.

There are no boundaries between 7th and 8th graders. They know each other by name and are part of the same environment. Shared spaces and experiences create a culture of support and acceptance that allows academic, athletic, social and emotional challenges to be met and overcome. J-School sets in motion everything a child needs to succeed at Hopkins.

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  • All About 7th Grade

    Grade 7 at Hopkins School is a year filled with a great deal of personal growth, development of important new skills, and the establishment of a love of learning.
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  • All About 8th Grade

    Teachers and advisers strive to achieve three primary goals by the end of a student’s 8th grade year. First, the Junior School faculty works to strengthen the students’ academic skills and prepare them for their high school careers.
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Junior School Activities

Junior School activities meet on Wednesdays during activity period. There are three 8-week sessions during the academic year.  Students will take Healthy Body, Healthy Mind for one of those 8-week sessions and will rank their choices for what activities they do for the other two sessions.  They attend the same activity for 8 consecutive weeks. Additionally, students may participate in Science Quiz Bowl or Math Counts, which are both after school activities and begin in the Fall.

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  • 3D Design and Printing

    Students will learn to design and create physical objects and then use the 3D printer to build them. This is a creative, collaborative, design-thinking and innovative activity.
  • Coding Club

    Coding Club teaches students how to make computer games, tell digitial stories or make Android Apps. All levels, from absolutel beginners to experts, are welcome. The activitiy uses Scratch and MIT APP Inventor to create and collaborate, while learning some real coding tools.
  • Community Service

    The Community Service activity exposes students to a variety of service opportunities both on and off campus. The activity hopes to inspire participants and inform them about various needs and effective ways to educate classmates, and encourages them to donate to worthy causes. Students will team up for a shared community service effort during the activity.
  • Graphic Design

    Graphic Design will teach the students the basics of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Students will gain practical skills to use in other classes, and produce their own books, magazines or independent projects.
  • Healthy Body, Healthy Mind (required)

    The purpose of the HBHM program is to share information about health and well-being
    and address questions students may have about topics that may be important to their lives.This program is not just about their physical health, but mental and emotional health as well. Grade 7 addresses: communication styles, internet and personal interactions, stress reduction, sleep and its effect on learning and memory, hygiene, and nutrition. Grade 8 addresses: exercise and its benefits, stress and how it affects one’s health, body image, tobacco, alcohol and drug use and its effects.
  • Hilltopper (J School student newspaper)

    The Hilltopper is the Junior School newspaper that offers students an opportunity to report on school events and to experience the different aspects of creating and publishing journalistic articles. Students design and write their own pieces.
  • Improvisation / Public Speaking

    The improvisation and public speaking activity helps students become comfortable speaking in front of a large group by discussing good public speaking habits, rehearsing fun improvisational games that incorporate those habits and performing them for the Junior School.
  • Instrumental Music (Fall, Winter)

    The Junior School Band and Orchestra is an open ensemble for musicians who play woodwind, brass, string or percussion instruments. Students will play fun music from a wide variety of genres and styles. This ensemble will have one performance and students should have some experience reading music. 
  • Italian Cooking and Culture

    Learn about the world of modern Italy in sight, sound, and taste! Take a virtual visit to some of Italy's most glorious sites, from Venice to Sicily; recreate art and monuments hands-on; sing along with Andrea Bocelli, Italian folk songs, and opera; have fun preparing tasty Italian treats like cannoli, bruschetta, and pasta, and perhaps pay a visit to a local bakery or cheese shop. This activity is designed for everyone, no previous experience in Italian is required.
     
  • Junior School Chorus (Fall only)

    Junior School Chorus performs at the Winter Concert held in December, as well as at the Winter Assembly. All are welcome!
  • Junior School Play: How I Got That Part (Spring only)

    The budding thespians of the Junior School will perform “How I Got That Part” by Robert Pridham for the entire school community. Performances May 10 and 11.
  • Model United Nations

    This activity is designed for students who want to learn about and discuss international topics through the lens of the U.N. It culminates with the chance to participate in a "mock" U.N. session.
  • Reading Rocks

    A book club just for fun, just for J Schoolers. Particfipants will choose two or three titles from a list of recommended and group-nominated titles. Copies of the selected books and snacks are provided as students read and discuss the books.
  • Robotics

    In Robotics, students will learn engineering skills needed to design, build and code a robot that can complete a set of tasks. Working in teams, students will assemble hardware and code their robot using Java  programming language. They will have an opportunity to design a custom add-on piece for their robot and then participate in an in-class challenge.
  • Scrapbook (JS photo book)

    The Scrapbook is the Junior School yearbook that offers students an opportunity to learn about photography, copy writing, and graphic design. The Scrapbook is published at the end of the year and records the J School in pictures that include adviser groups, sports, activities, and trips.
  • Seventh Grade Study Skills (required 7th Grade)

    The Seventh Grade Study Skills activity meets for three weeks in September, to introduce
    students to the academic community and culture here on the Hill. Topics covered include: time management, organization, study techniques, active learning, and learning styles.

J School Interscholastic Sport Offerings

Meet A J-Schooler

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  • Meet Isabel

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  • Meet Savan

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  • A Day in the Life of Maisie, Grade 8

    At Hopkins, we have a two week (Maroon & Grey) rotating schedule; not all classes meet every day. Here is an example of a typical Maroon Monday, for me, at the beginning of my 8th grade year.
     
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