St. Francis eighth grade offers a strong and varied academic curriculum.
Religion: Our eighth-grade program focuses on both the message of Jesus and the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Math: Our eighth-grade math program is divided into Algebra, which is an accelerated class requiring a high degree of effort, and Math, which covers many of the same topics as Algebra with added support as needed. A student’s performance, effort, standardized test scores and the results of the end-of-the-year placement exam determine place for eighth-grade math.
English: Our eighth-grade program focuses on both grammar and writing, reviewing parts of speech, mastering sentence structure and improving speaking skills. Both programs use Houghton Mifflin’s English.
Literature: Throughout the year, eighth grade explores the following genres: short stories, nonfiction, drama, poetry, myths, tales, ballads and legends. Students are expected to learn new vocabulary words.
Vocabulary: The eighth-grade classes use the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop, level C text. The book focuses on definitions, context, synonyms and antonyms. The online component includes an audio program and interactive games and puzzles.
Social Studies: Eighth-grade social studies is a continuation of the study of United States history from the end of the Civil War up to the present.
Science: Eighth graders study Project-Based Inquiry Science, a cutting-edge science curriculum designed to give students the skills and practice they need to think and act like scientists. They solve real-world problems by collecting and analyzing data, working collaboratively, running experiments, writing explanations and making presentations. Students study the science of falling objects, energy, genetics and the chemistry of air quality.
Spanish: Spanish in eighth grade is part of the core curriculum. They learn how to use verbs, the preterit tense and object pronouns. The goal is to become more fluent by speaking, reading, writing and listening to Spanish. Upon completion of eighth grade, students are ready for Spanish 2 in high school.