8th Grade

Students attend religion, language arts, science, and one of the three levels of math offered. Students have a choice of foreign language either Spanish or Latin. Students also attend physical education twice per week and art and music once per week. Wednesday is Mass day, where the entire school enjoys worship and prayer together. In addition to their regular schedule on Wednesday, students attend their elective class.

Religion

Students increase their knowledge and practice  their Catholic faith through the study of Catholic morality and Church history. Religion nurtures a deeper relationship with Christ through liturgy, worship, and exposure to different types of prayer and Ignatian spirituality. Students are encouraged to serve others as Christ calls us to do.

Language Arts

The middle school language arts program offers a continuum of curriculum to both challenge and enrich each student’s middle school experience. Students study a broad scope of writing, grammar, and literature, with a focus on the essay and research paper.

Math

There are three math options for students in eighth grade math. Student placement is determined by previous year classroom grade, standardized testing scores, and score on placement test, as well as teacher recommendation.

Pre-Algebra (Math 8.0)
The focus is on formulating and reasoning about expressions and multi-step equations and inequalities; modeling and solving linear equations and inequalities and systems of equalities and inequalities; understanding and using functions; analyzing two and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angles, similarity, and congruence; understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem; translations, reflections, rotations, and dilations of figures on the coordinate plane including calculating surface area and volume of cones, pyramids, and spheres.

Algebra 1 (Math 8.1)
This course deepens and extends the understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other, and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Additionally, students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. Geometric relationships and properties are strengthened and extended by combining algebraic and geometric concepts through coordinate geometry including formulas for distance, area, and volume. Students study bivariate data and summarize, represent, and interpret data using single variable statistics. Students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that utilizes their ability to make sense of problem situations. Students may receive high school credit for this course.

Geometry with Algebra 2 (Math 8.2)
The students study quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships. New methods for solving quadratic and exponential equations are developed. The characteristics of advanced types of functions are investigated. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods. Students experience more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving toward formal mathematical arguments. Students may receive high school credit for this course.

Science

Students study the teenage brain, disease, the hydrosphere, ecology and evolution. There is a lot of discussion relating to the world around us and current affairs. Many disciplines are integrated throughout the course, including the arts, technology, Socratic discussion, and experimentation including field work. As we are preparing them for high school, students are also learning skills and techniques to help them transition successfully.

Social Studies

Students examine the history of North Carolina from the first inhabitants to contemporary times. The key concepts are geography, civics, economics, culture, and government, including an understanding of local, state, and national governments.