The development of abstract thinking is extended from the seventh grade and many opportunities are provided for students to display their ability to analyze and synthesize information. Critical thinking activities, cooperative learning tasks, and opportunities for risk-taking help to create a program that provides authentic experiences for students in and out of the classroom. The eighth grade year will prepare students for the rigors of high school, while cementing their confidence and requiring them to take initiative and ownership of their academic success.
English: Eighth grade English students will expand their vocabulary of literary terms, and will study science fiction, historical fictions, personal narratives, mystery, and poetry. They'll use class projects, Harkness discussions, essays, and quizzes to expand their comprehension.
Geography: Eighth grade students will expand their view of the world by studying Africa, Europe, Russia, and Asia. They will identify countries on a map, analyze the problem of ethnic diversity and propose solutions, and identify entrepreneurial opportunities and effects in specific countries. Their learning will culminate in an end-of-year Model United Nations research project and debate.
Science: Students will identify elements, learn about infections, diseases and nutrition, and study bioethics and genetics. Movies, Venn diagrams, labs, homework and research projects will aid in their learning. At the end of the academic year, students will have the opportunity to design and build a working Rube Goldberg machine.
Math: Algebra 1 students will solve equations and inequalities, and learn about functions, systems of linear equations, and multiply and factor polynomials. They'll use collaborative group work, homework and quizzes to gain a better understanding of course materials. Some students may test into geometry.
Electives: Students have the ability to continue their language studies from seventh grade or switch to Latin. All eighth graders take one health class and a full year of performing and visual arts, such as art and design, sculpture, drama, chorus, and music innovations, or participate in the band. Some other classes they can elect to take include art, coding robotics, painting, global website design, HunTV, Middle School newspaper, and photography. Electives may change slightly from year to year.