This is a year of many blessings.  The students are preparing for the culmination of their initiation into the Catholic Church, the Sacrament of Confirmation.  We discuss their increased role as witnesses to Christ.  A significant part of the year focuses on the history of the Catholic Church.

Language Arts

The curriculum focuses on the following:

  • grammar usage and mechanics
  • writings of various types including essay, expository, letter, and poetry
  • communications including oral recitation and listening skills


The focus for this course is the use of novels to instruct reading.  Some of our choices include, “The Hounds of the Baskervilles”, “A Light in the Forest”, “The Pearl”, and “The Diary of Anne Frank”.  Students complete projects based on the required reading as well as books of their own choosing.  An Anthology is also used in the course.


This course explores a wide range of topics designed to prepare students for Algebra 1.

Algebra 1

Course is consistent with Honors Algebra 1 taught in Diocesan high schools including properties of equality, real number system, solving single variable equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, rational expressions, and radicals.


The curriculum for eighth grade focuses on Earth Science.  Topics include plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and other forces that affect our earth.  Additionally, students review rocks, minerals, and their formation.  Astronomy and space exploration — both history and present work is also discussed.  All classes are held in the laboratory with hand-on experience at least twice per week.

Social Studies – American History

This course will explore, analyze, and interpret the events in American History that shaped our country from the beginning until the end of Reconstruction.  The students will also continue to develop and strengthen research skills and broaden their own historical literature base.  Students also prepare and present a project for the National History Day competition.  The instructor enhances the curriculum with United Streaming.  Classroom computers are used for student research.