In 8th grade Bible, students will journey through the New Testament, exploring the four gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the book of Revelation. Students will memorize verses throughout the year. One week per quarter will be reserved for a ‘Spotlight on Missions’. Student will be invited to read the Bible not as a textbook, but as God’s alive and active, personal Word to them.
Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Honors
Algebra I focuses on number and variable manipulation. Early on, students are expected to master the concepts of solving equations. Technology is used heavily to solve equations in a number of ways. Students will learn different ways to compare and contrast methods of solving. Students will learn factoring, foil and quadratics. Algebra I mastery prepares students for future classes in Algebra II and Pre-Calculus and beyond. Students earn 1 high school credit for this course and course average is included in high school GPA calculation.
Algebra 1 Honors covers the same basic outline as Algebra 1 with a much greater emphasis placed on understanding the why’s and how’s of the process and its solution. Students will focus on real world situations and Algebra’s place in solving problems. Students will master the use of the TI 84+ to aid in solving problems in a variety of ways. Students who successfully complete Algebra 1 Honors will be on track for a future in the Honors Math Track. Students earn 1 high school credit for this course and course average is included in high school GPA calculation.
English 8 focuses on the core areas of reading (literature), writing, listening, and speaking. Our literature emphasis includes novel studies, short stories, essays, poetry analysis, and self-paced reading, as well as integration of contemporary articles.
There is heavy emphasis on development of writing skills in 8th grade through implementation of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Students write often, ranging from guided prompts and topical responses to complete essays. Additionally, students build upon their knowledge of grammar skills from previous grades. Vocabulary is incorporated continuously throughout the year. Words are drawn from the current literature students are reading, as well as vocabulary curriculum, with an emphasis on Greek/Latin origins of words. Students learn about basic public speaking skills and have opportunities to present to their classmates throughout the year.
Eighth grade Science focuses on basic Physics and Chemistry. Students will learn the foundations of motion, forces, energy, work, machines, thermal energy, electricity, waves, and light during the first semester. Second semester will include matter, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, compounds, and more. Notes will be taken on their Surface Pro. Labs will be conducted to prove their understanding of the concept taught. Eighth grade Science mastery prepares students for future classes in Physics, Chemistry and beyond.
History 8 provides a chronological study of America and its people from the exploratory period to the present, including a special study of the Constitution, and culminating in a trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring semester.
STEAM (Digital Literacy)
This course is designed to give you a taste of what scientists and engineers do by doing some fun projects. You do not have to be dreaming of pursuing a career in science or engineering to enjoy this course. As a matter of fact, it's okay if that isn't your dream. What we hope this course does for you is help you see how the math and science concepts you learn here at school are used together to find solutions to problems and make life better for all of us. And it just may be that this course inspires you to take action and develop an idea you may have to solve a problem in your own life someday.
8th Grade Electives:
Design your own room in One point perspective, See the value of shading through still life set ups. Draw a two-point perspective Parthenon. Create 2d and 3d Op-art illusions. Practice pen and ink techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching and stippling. Wield new watercolor techniques through abstract landscapes. Acquire acrylic painting skills to create one of a kind still life and self-portraits. Creatively construct a sgraffito slab box.
Electronic Music 7/8
This course is a one-semester elective offered in 7/8th grade. This course provides students with the basic knowledge and technical skills needed to advance their skills in creating Electronic Music through a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and prepares them for an advanced course of study in high school. Students will develop a basic knowledge of ethics in music, studio recording, basic music creation and performance of electronic music. This class is intended for beginners, whether you are musically trained or not.
Theatre introduces students in grades 7-12 to the art of live theatre, helping to create an appreciation for theatre. Students participate in games, improvisation, and short scenes. They learn basic theatre terminology and theatre history (i.e. Greek, Shakespeare and Broadway musicals).
Physical Education focuses on physical fitness. Students enhance motor skills through cooperative sports/games. Sports include football, basketball, badminton, and soccer. Students are required to purchase and to dress in approved physical education uniforms.
Spanish 1 (for High School credit)
Spanish 1 emphasizes grammar, verb conjugation, vocabulary, and sentence structuring. These points are combined to develop communicative skills and a cultural awareness of the Spanish culture. Students with a required GPA may be
recommended for Spanish 1 by their 7th
grade English teacher. Students earn 1 high school credit for this course and course average is included in high school GPA calculation.
Musical Theatre 7/8
Musical Theatre class is an exploration of American Musical Theatre. Students will study the work of the actor/singer/dancer and use their gained knowledge to develop as performers. Students will prepare and present as soloists as well as members of small groups and larger ensembles. Students will prepare material for class presentation and critique. There will also be a focus on the audition process as well as musical theatre history and repertoire.
The Praise Band/Advanced Ensemble is an auditioned group. The students will arrange their own music and perform their selections in a weekly chapel along with special events inside and outside the school. The students will learn the Do’s and Don’ts of worship. This is a small unique class of students who have a heart to serve DA. They are held to a higher standard given the nature of their “public appearances.”