ACADEMICS
Eighth Grade

ENGLISH 8 – INTRO TO LITERATURE

English 8 is a literature-based curriculum that equips students to comprehend and interpret the ideas of others and develops their ability to formulate and effectively express their own thoughts, both verbally and in the written form. Students write expository, narrative, persuasive, and analytical essays for a number of literary works and read at least 1,650 pages independently throughout the year. The English 8 curriculum challenges students to read, write, listen, and speak for the development of an educated mind.

ALGEBRA 1+

Algebra 1+ challenges students with a more advanced and in-depth look into algebraic properties and functions. Students will apply and expand their computational and conceptual reasoning skills by working with systems of equations, advanced rational expressions, and non-linear graphs.

Students develop proficiency in solving problems that involve factoring quadratics, completing the square, using graphs, and applying the quadratic equation. Qualified students may be enrolled in higher-level courses.

LIFE SCIENCE – HUMAN BIOLOGY & HEALTH

Starting with the structure and function of a single cell, moving through genetics and evolution and focusing on the individual organ systems of the body, Human Biology and Health encompasses the important questions and physical changes experienced by adolescent students.

By the end of the course, students have been immersed in scientific methodology and critical thinking skills experienced through a series of laboratory projects including species observation, microscope techniques, genetic probability, evolutionary developments, and organ system dissections. Health Education is a constant thread throughout the course and especially during the study of the individual organ systems.

SPANISH 2: LANGUAGE, CULTURE & GRAMMAR

Spanish 2 follows national standards and expands on the introduction to the Spanish language and to Spanish and Latin American cultures which the students received in seventh grade. Spanish 2 is a high school level course. Through communication-based lessons, students develop second language learning skills and build the confidence necessary to use their knowledge. Qualified students may be enrolled in higher-level courses.

Spanish 2 Agenda for 2015

TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN HISTORY – HISTORY ALIVE!

Twentieth Century American History covers social, political, and historical events from post-WWI through post-WWII. This course presents the changes of the Twenties decade, the causes and impacts of the Depression, events that led to WWII, the impacts of the Cold War, culture and society of the Fifties, the Civil Rights movement, and the nature of protest during the Sixties. Students will also study the American justice system, constitutional issues, and citizenship. Students develop skills in written and oral communication, organization, research, analytical, critical and creative thinking, and interpret primary and secondary sources.

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Students explore the relationship between the “built environment” (the ways in which humans have adapted and changed the natural environment) and the natural world in terms of resource availability. Students explore the relationship between human/cultural geography, anthropology, and archaeology.

The skill of research is introduced as a means of comparing and contrasting various countries’ statistics (GDP, literacy, health, etc.) and the relation of data to interpreting a country’s quality of life. Oral presentations, seminar discussions, essays, quizzes, and tests are used throughout the course. Students will learn how to refine an area of inquiry and how to conduct research. Development and strengthening of academic inquiry is a primary outcome.

LIFE SKILLS SEMINAR

The Life Skills/Health seminar continues from topics covered in seventh grade and addresses the emotional, social, and physical needs of the adolescent at this age.