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Eighth Grade

What will my child learn?

  •  Bible
  •  English
  •  Math
  •  Reading
  •  Spelling
  •  Heritage Studies
  •  Science
  •  Fine and Digital Arts
  •  Spanish
English (Academic and Honors**)
  • Total Credits: 1
  • Grammar: Study all parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation.
  • Literature: Study an anthology of writing pieces by well-known authors.
  • Novels: Read and analyze a variet of novels throughout the year, including Night, A Christmas Carol, and The Hound of Baskervilles.
  • Composition: Various writing projects including creative writing, literary analysis, research paper, persuasive oral speeches, and poetry.
  • Spelling, vocabulary, and poetry: 28 spelling lists, 280 vocabulary words, various poetry forms will be studied.
  • Field Trips: A Christmas Carol; (novel study); The Harrisburg State Capitol and The Museum of Pennsylvania (research paper).
  • **Honors English courses move at an accelerated pace, cover an increased amount of novels and an increased frequency of writing assignments.
  • Total Credits per class: 1

Algebra 1:

Students will build off the basic algebra skills they acquired in Pre-Algebra, learning more advanced techniques and applications.

Textbook: Algebra 1: A Bridge to Success by Ron Larson & Laurie Boswell

  • Solving linear equations and inequalities
  • Writing and graphing linear and absolute value equations and functions
  • Solving systems of linear equations and inequalities
  • Arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • Properties of exponents and radicals
  • Solving and graphing exponential growth and decay equations
  • Factoring polynomials and solving polynomial equations
  • Solving and graphing quadratic equations and functions
  • Solving and graphing radical equations and functions
  • Finding the inverse of a function
  • Data analysis with measures of center and spread
  • Solving problems using two-way tables

In the Honors class, students also learn about:

  • Recursively defined sequences
  • Solving nonlinear systems of equations
  • Shapes of distributions found in data analysis (normal, skewed, uniform, etc.)

Note: Students can learn the content of Algebra 1 over the course of 2 years by taking Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B. The student would earn 2 math credits for taking this sequence of courses.

History I
  • Study of United States history from colonization up until 1850
  • Some Topics Covered:
    • Settling the Wilderness: Discovery of the New World, settling the colonies, colonies and the British Empire.
    • Establishing a Nation: Revolutionary war, Confederation and establishment of the new government.
    • Spanning the Continent: Growth of the Nation, Jacksonian Era, Westward Expansion.
Physical Science, Earth Science, Chemistry
  • Credits: 1
  • Inquiry and Steps to Solve a Physics Problem
  • How to Make a Graph
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Energy and Work
  • The Solar System, Anatomy of the Sun, Stars
  • Electric Currents, Magnets, Wave Interactions
  • How the Human Eye sees Light and Color
  • How Light is Affected by Matter
  • The Phases of Matter and Heat Transfer
  • Buoyancy, Mechanical Properties
  • The Atom
  • Physical vs. Chemical Properties of Matter
  • Compounds and Mixtures
  • Acids vs. Bases, Chemical Reactions
  • Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
  • Types of Chemical Reactions
  • Balancing Equations
  • Rocks & Minerals