Eighth Grade

English and Language Arts

Students will continue to expand their language skills, and be able to identify and explain the use of structural elements in literature, as well articulate their thoughts through narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive forms. By integrating classical literature and contemporary works, students will be able to explore diverse traditions, and cultures, while synthesizing learning into current societal issues.

Social Studies

Students study the history of the United States from its earliest foundations to the age of industrialism. Students examine the philosophies, conflicts, and cultures around which the early nation developed and consider how past events have shaped our nation.

Algebra

Students will transition to the Common Core goals of developing deeper understanding of math concepts. Real world mathematical applications will foster higher level critical thinking skills and supplant rote procedure in promoting true understanding concepts.

Religion

Students will develop a greater understanding of the teachings of Jesus and recognize the importance of incorporating Christian values in all aspects of their lives. By studying the history of the Roman Catholic Church to modern day faith issues, the student will better understand and apply Catholic teachings.

Science

The eighth grade physical science course covers chemistry and physics, including physical and chemical changes, atoms and elements, mixtures and solutions, the periodic table, states of matter, motion, gravity, density and buoyancy, energy, heat, the properties of waves, and light. Students approach learning through project based curricula, and regular assessment of material.