8th Grade Curriculum
Historical Theology – This New Testament course takes a look at the life of Jesus Christ, the early church and its progress throughout the centuries. As a complement to this study, time is given to compare and contrast Christ’s teachings with other world religions and modern Christian cults. During each quarter the students memorize one verse each week that corresponds with the theme of that week.
American Republic – Students are challenged to think about the men, women, and ideas that helped to shape our country. The history of the nation is presented chronologically while exploring its foundations and characteristics from a biblical perspective. Critical reading and thinking skills are more fully developed and reinforced through this comprehensive survey as young people delve into ideas and philosophies.
Algebra I – Students develop a solid foundation in basic algebra skills, including expressions, equations, polynomials, linear equations, radicals, and quadratic equations. Students who complete this course successfully are prepared to advance to Geometry.
Physics – Middle School Physics is an introductory course to the study of physics, which is the science of matter and energy and their interactions. This course will engage the students on a level that they understand and enjoy through the use of hands on activities and labs. Some topics this year will include motion, work and machines, sound, flight, magnetism and electricity.
Excursions in English – This curriculum covers a wide spectrum, including the following: vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, literature, poetry, and creative writing. In depth novel studies, literature notebooks, and research papers complement the curriculum. Reasoning and critical thinking are incorporated into the writing and literature studies. Grammar ranges from review of capitalization and punctuation the use of verbals, phrases and clauses in sentence structure.
Latin II – Latin II builds upon the student’s knowledge of vocabulary and grammar gained from Latin I in order to prepare the student for more intense foreign language study in the future. While seeking to promote higher concentration and discipline of mind, this course challenges the student both to think clearly about the principles of language and to translate more intricate Latin sentences. Moreover, Latin II emphasizes not only Roman secular culture but also the use of Latin in Christian literature. Specifically, students learn many uses of the noun case system as well as an in-depth look at adjectives, pronouns, and certain clausal constructions and their uses. Students also develop a strong sense of vocabulary as they are exposed to complex grammar structures.