The English course builds upon the knowledge learned in 7th grade and pushes students to further application and synthesis of English skills.  Students will develop skills in critical reading, thinking, and oral communication.

Spelling and vocabulary lessons consist of grade level-appropriate vocabulary for comprehension and grammar in context.  Lessons are designed to address writing skills, including grammar and reading skills.  Lessons consist of definitions, completion of sentences, synonyms, and antonyms, word choice, and vocabulary in context.  Enrichment continues in the form of building upon classical roots, word associations, word families, analogies, and enrichment of vocabulary.

The math course is pre-algebra.  (This course is not offered in the 2016-2017 school year.)

A note about middle school science and history:

Middle school science and history courses are offered on a three-year rotation due to the small number of middle school students.  Each year, science includes topics from life, earth, and physical science, with the topics and examples rotating.  A specific social studies course is taught each year, rotating through world history, world geography, and American history. 


Language Arts Mathematics Science (see narrative) Social Studies
● Writing

     o   Research skills

     o   Organizing and writing a research paper

     o   MLA citations

     o   MLA works cited pages

● Vocabulary

     o   Definitions

     o   Sentence completion

     o   Synonyms

     o   Antonyms

     o   Word choice

     o   Context

     o   Classical roots

     o   Word associations

     o   Word families

     o   Analogies


● Integers

● Equations

● Factors, fractions

● Rational numbers

● Ratio, proportion, percent

● Equations

● Inequalities

● Functions, graphing

● Real numbers

● Right triangles

● 2-D and 3-D figures

● Statistics

● Probability

● Polynomials

● Nonlinear functions

Earth Science

● Basic physical science topics

● Matter and interactions

● Changing Earth surface

● Life

● Environment

Life Science

● Cells

● Organs and systems

● Organisms

● Genetics

● Inheritance

● Variation

● Diversity of life

Physical Science

● Elements

● Molecules

● Chemical reactions

● Physics

● Solar system

Year A – World History

● Early civilizations

● Greeks

● Roman Republic

● Roman Empire

● Fall of the empire

● The Middle Ages

● Feudalism

● The Church

● Towns and cities

● Islam

Year B – American History

● Colonization

● Revolution

● Founding documents

● Sectionalism

● Civil War, Reconstruction

● Gilded Age

● Twentieth Century

Year C – World Geography

● Map skills

● Latitude, longitude

● Continents, oceans

● Countries

● Culture