Through a collection of classic and contemporary selections, students are exposed to literature that crosses many periods of time and cultures. Study of short stories focuses on plot, character, setting, and theme development. Along with short stories, students read drama, non-fiction, poetry, and folk tales. Within their reading, students analyze the literature, expand their critical thinking and reading skills, develop multicultural connections, and enhance their writing ability.
Students study and explore language through grammar, writing, speaking, and study of vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on study of the eight parts of speech. Reinforcement of lessons comes through regular journal writing, research writing, and public speaking.
Investigation of real numbers and rational expressions takes place in eight grade in greater depth. Students analyze and graph linear equations and inequalities. Study involves the ability to solve different styles of equations such as systems of equations and quadratics.
Study expands on chemistry concepts started in seventh grade. Lab experiments, hands-on activities, and classroom discussion are key to the learning experience. In addition to chemistry, students also investigate the human body and the wonders of physics.
Study focuses on United States History and government from the period of reconstruction to the present time. A special point of emphasis will include examination of the United States as a member of the world community.
Lessons focus on Catholic church history, growth in awareness of God, morality, and their responsibilities that accompany a relationship with Jesus. Lessons often include discussion and study of relationships with God and each other. Students attend Mass twice a week.
Students continue keyboarding skills. Using various computer software and skills, students complete projects showing mastery of the media. A variety of input and output devices are used in creating their projects. These projects often include the creation of databases, drawings, spreadsheets and graphs. Proper use of the Internet, navigating skills, e-mail, on-line terms and vocabulary are introduced.
Lessons expand on the foundation built in seventh-grade Spanish. Students will be expected to master present tense, present progressive, and simple preterit past tense. Participation is expected during discussions of Spanish cultural topics, geography and science. Successful completion of both seventh and eighth grade Spanish may be used toward high school credit.
Art is taught using Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) which includes art history, art production, development of the ability to describe and express your own feelings about a piece of art, development of the ability to criticize a piece of art constructively. Each grade level "scaffolds" or builds on the grade level before it. Vocabulary and techniques used increase in difficulty with the cognitive abilities of that grade level.
In grade eight, students work to prepare for the more sophisticated demands of high school. Projects at this level are more demanding as the students work on refining their art theories knowledge base. Upon graduation, they should have these skills to take with them: self-discipline, problem solving, self-expression, and keen observation skills. Career possibilities are discussed.
In grades seven and eight, work in the library is based a need to research projects. The incentive to read program continues. Students are encouraged to check out fiction for recreational reading.
At this grade level, study continues with music history and appreciation. Students look at modern music and composers as well as write and perform more complex compositions of their own. Emphasis is placed on musical terms, dynamic markings, tempo changes, intervals, and orchestra families.
Activities are planned to help students develop skills for daily living and for the future. Lessons motivate each individual to take responsibility in protecting, maintaining, and improving his or her own health. This responsibility also extends to their being able to help to provide for the well-being of the community to which they belong.