English / Language Arts

  • Read and annotate texts in a variety of genres
  • Build and apply complex vocabulary 
  • Identify and interpret literary elements and devices
  • Write expository, argument, and literary analysis essays
  • Use proper grammar and usage conventions in written expression
  • Use text evidence to support a claim
  • Apply MLS format
  • Presentation skills using a variety of mediums and methods
  • Evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media

Math

Grade 8 Pre-Algebra II (Linear Algebra)

  • Multi-step equations and inequalities
  • Linear functions and graphing
  • Factors, fractions, and exponents
  • Ratio, proportion 
  • Percent (compound interest)
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Geometric formulas with prisms, cylinders and pyramids
  • Right triangles in Algebra (Pythagorean Theorem)
  • Radicals
  • Data analysis and probability
  • Nonlinear functions and polynomials

Grade 8 Algebra I

  • Solving equations
  • Solving inequalities
  • Solving and application of proportions
  • Graphs and functions
  • Linear equations and graphs
  • Systems of equations and inequalities
  • Exponents and exponential functions
  • Polynomials and factoring
  • Quadratic equations and functions
  • Radical expressions and equations
  • Rational expressions and functions

Science

Each grade in middle school begins the first quarter by reviewing the names and functions of commonly used scientific tools and the steps of scientific method: ask a question, form a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, gather and analyze data, and write a conclusion. We discuss why each part of the scientific method is important and how they relate to one another. The students have opportunities throughout the year to practice their skills by conducting experiments using the process and the tools, writing formal and informal lab reports, as well as completing an independent STEM project which they present to the greater community at our annual STEM fair.

Chemistry and Physical Science

  • Atoms and states of matter
  • Periodic table
  • Bonding, reactions and pH
  • Radioactivity
  • Energy, forces and motion

Social Studies

  • Speech writing
  • Using knowledge of primary sources and political cartoons to begin DBQ (Document-Based-Question) essays
  • Thesis writing
  • American history -- Pre-Civil War to WWII 
  • Project-based research on immigration
  • High school test preparation 
  • Formal debates on content topics

World Language

  • Emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills
  • Focus on equipping students linguistically and culturally in an increasingly global community
  • Vocabulary and grammar is taught in meaningful context for real communicative purposes
  • Units based on themes
  • Coursework equivalent to Level 1 High School Spanish

Religion

  • A comprehensive journey through their Catholic faith
  • How to live your faith and become a lifelong disciple of Jesus Christ
  • How the sacraments, prayer, and discipleship are the keys to a happy life