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`Social Studies`

The grade curriculum begins with The War of 1812 and progresses through The Age of Jackson and continues through Manifest Destiny. The Civil War is explored in depth as well as Reconstruction of the south after the war. Westward expansion becomes the next area of discussion and then The Rise of Industry and topics such as Immigration and the emergence of business tycoons. The transition of America into an urban society including the rise of labor unions will conclude our work for the year.

`Pre-Algebra`

Pre-Algebra continues to prepare students for high school algebra. The course also builds upon the fundamental geometry concepts presented in grade 7. The vocabulary, formulas and concepts presented provide a foundation for future mathematics.

Pre-Algebra Class Review
Percent and Problem Solving - Percent of increase or decrease - Discount - Commission - Interest Equations and inequalities  Solving equations using the distributive property and like terms - Solving equations with the variable on both sides - Using equations to solve word problems  Solving inequalities using the distributive property and like terms - Inequalities in problem solving The Coordinate Plane - Graphing ordered pairs - Graphing equations in the coordinate plane - Graphing a system of equations in the coordinate plane - Graphing inequalities in the coordinate plane Area and Volume - Area of circles and polygons - Volume of solids Applying Algebra to Right Triangles - Square roots - The Pythagorean Theorem  Similar triangles Statistics - Using graphs to picture data - Mean, median and mode - Frequency distributions

`Algebra`

Grade 8 Algebra develops some of the symbolism and terminology that students were introduced to in Grade 7 but still need to master. Algebraic methods of solving equations and inequalities are mastered and organizing techniques for solving word problems are practiced. Curriculum includes:
Language of Algebra - Simplifying numerical and algebraic expressions - Order of operation - Evaluating algebraic expressions - Properties and axioms of equality - Operations with Integers - Solving linear equation - Problem solving Graphing - Ordered pairs - Linear equations in one variable - Linear equations in two variables - Writing the equation of a line - Using slope and y-intercept  Using two points on the line Writing the Equation of a Line - Using slope and y-intercept - Using two points on the line Exponents - Laws of exponents - Scientific notation Polynomials and Factoring - Operations with polynomials - Greatest common factor - Difference of two squares - Factoring trinomials Solving Quadratic Equation - Using factoring - Using the quadratic formula Solving Systems of Equation - Graphically - Substitution - Addition method with multiplication

`Introduction to Radicals English`

The eighth-grade English curriculum is composed of three main concepts: grammar, vocabulary, and writing. Each class is begun with a journal prompt exercise. The topics range from literature readings to poetry to current events to fun word challenges. The eighth-grade grammar curriculum directly coincides with Voyages in English, level 8. The lessons allow students to review, practice, refine, and master the following concepts: - Nouns - Adjectives - Pronouns - Verbs - Verbals - Adverbs - Prepositions - Conjunctions and Interjections

The eighth-grade English curriculum is very writing-intensive and includes several major writing assignments with various objectives. Students write informative, narrative, persuasive or argumentative, poetic, and other styles. Vocabulary is practiced using a Vocabulary Workbook, level H from Loyola Press. Correct usage is the main focus, but spelling is practiced, as well.

`Literature`

`Religion`
`Science`