By the end of 8th Grade, a student will:

Spelling/Language Arts

  • Understand grammar, parts of speech, word usage, mechanics for writing, and punctuation
  • Write a 6-8 page research paper
  • Learn the elements of effective speech making
  • Read and complete job application forms
  • Write two to four page creative stories
  • Give informative and demonstrative speeches


  • Find the mean, median, and mode of a set of data
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals
  • Evaluate numerical and algebraic expressions
  • Use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve single and multi-step equations involving whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals
  • Find the least common multiple and the greatest common factor prime factorization using exponents
  • Change numbers expressed in scientific notation into standard form and vica versa
  • Determine the slope, x and y axes of a given linear equation
  • Convert between percents, decimals, and fractions
  • Find circumference, radius, and diameter of a circle
  • Use formulas to find area, surface area and volume of geometric figures


  • Identify the literary techniques used by the authors of various selections
  • Understand various literature terms such as alliteration, foreshadowing, imagery, irony, mood, protagonist, antagonist, etc.
  • Identify the fantasy, realistic fiction, essays and anecdotes and non-fiction literature
  • Summarize books in an appropriate form
  • Identify major elements of a book or play
  • Read orally with purpose, emphasis, and expression
  • Identify climax, anticlimax, and turning point of a story and how a character changes


  • Define an atom and a molecule and connect the names of compounds to their constituent atoms
  • Construct molecular models of simple compounds based on their chemical formula
  • Read basic weather instruments and weather maps
  • Classify and identify according to hardness, cleavage, luster, streak, color, and specific gravity
  • Explain how crystals, minerals, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are formed
  • Demonstrate how solar and lunar eclipses can occur
  • Describe the rock cycle and how rocks can turn into other rocks through various processes
  • Name Earth’s layers and describe what they are made of

Social Studies

  • Evaluate the institution of slavery
  • Analyze the causes of the Civil War and its impact on life then and now
  • Analyze technological change and the advancements and problems it can create
  • Explain the contributions of railroads to American expansion of the 19th Century
  • Discuss the problems caused by urban expansion
  • Study the cause and the affect of the Westward Expansion
  • Learn the U.S. Constitution