Delving into the American Civil Rights Movement.
Complementary 8th grade English and History courses tie into the capstone trip to Alabama
. In American Voices
, students examine the immigrant experience, southern literature, and the American dream in different literary forms – writing both analytical essays and short stories. In Topics in US History
, they investigate civics, westward expansion, slavery and abolitionism, reconstruction and Jim Crow, and mid-century protest movements.
For Math, students may place into Advanced Algebra 1, Algebra 1, or Introduction to Algebra
, which vary in pace and material covered. In Physical Science
, students study properties of matter, chemical reactions, and forces and motion – including building a roller coaster with recycled materials and holding an egg drop challenge
Students continue to study French
, with the option for more proficient speakers to join a faster-paced Spanish course. In high school, students generally move to French 2, Spanish 2, or Spanish 3.
In performing and visual arts
, 8th graders enjoy a dozen elective choices, including Band, Chorus, Comedy, Directing & Design, Digital Illustration, Filmmaking, and Studio Art. All 8th graders have PE
every other day.