Students who may be ready for Algebra 1 in Grade 8 take Pre-Algebra in Grade 7. The course covers the background required for Upper School level work in algebra and geometry, but it is acknowledged that not all students will master this background in one year. Topics include whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, decimals, fractions, proportions, percents, geometry, and graphs. The course emphasizes the symbolic language of mathematics and encourages the transition from concrete to abstract thinking through the use of algebra to solve problems involving equations and inequalities. Additional time is allotted for a math lab, which provides opportunities for students to reinforce math concepts through a hands-on approach. At the conclusion of the course, students either move on to Algebra 1 or extend their study of Pre-Algebra.