8th Grade Curriculum
8th grade is an important year of preparation for high school. Students gain more independence and personal responsibility for their work, and teachers put a greater emphasis on research, writing, and higher-level thinking skills.
Language Arts classes delve deeper into writing styles, word meaning, literature, and cross-curricular connections. History classes study Early American History and finish the year with a trip to Washington DC to learn more about our nation’s government and its foundations. Math options include Geometry, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2, and Science integrates physics and chemistry into a fascinating study of the forces that affect our world.
Students can compete in national and international competitions in Model UN, Quiz Bowl, Speech & Debate, and Math & Science, among others. There are also a wide variety of electives are available such as Spanish, French, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Speech/Debate, Robotics, Drama, Math Counts, Quiz Bowl, Technology, Geometry Preview, Art, Chess, and Videography. Students also compete in formal sports teams such as football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, track, lacrosse and others.