8th Grade





  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger
  • Laudate App
  • New American Bible

Students study Church history and Family Life, “recognizing the value of church history in understanding God and their Catholic faith.  They deepen their understanding of the main concepts in the family life course of study.  Additional emphasis is placed on Catholic vocabulary and terminology.  Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program.  In addition, students explore concepts related to the responsibility of forming a right-minded conscience, an awareness of their talents that need to be put at the service of God’s kingdom, the sacredness of all human life, making intelligent choices in conjunction with healthy living, and lifelong fidelity in marriage. All seventh and eighth graders are required to participate in a Community Service program whereby they commit to a local charity for two years, predicated on allowances by the state.  This experience culminate in a series of journal reflections and a technology-based presentation at the end of eighth grade to share their experiences and express their understanding of basic Catholic principles and charity put into practice.



  • Literature-Bronze, Prentice-Hall
  • Junior Great Books, Great Books Foundation
  • Various Novels
  • Institute for Excellence in Writing
  • Membean Vocabulary
  • Accelerated Reader Program, Renaissance Learning

Students read and analyze literary forms of engaging, complex and compelling literature; short stories, poetry, drama, non-fiction essays, American Folk tradition and novels. Through inquiry-based reading, critical thinking and writing activities, the students explore texts in-depth as they ask questions, read closely, support ideas with evidence, listen and respond to classmates’ ideas and extend their thinking through Cornell Notes and writing. Students use their knowledge of word origins and word relationships, as well as historical and literary context clues to determine the meaning of specialized vocabulary and to understand the precise meaning of vocabulary words. Utilizing Google Docs, students’ progress through the stages of the writing process in order to write clear, coherent and focused five paragraph essays. Students’ essays contain the MLA style heading, a thesis, paragraph introductions, supporting evidence and conclusions. Students participate yearly in the Knights of Columbus Essay Writing Contest and the Chapman College Holocaust Art, Writing, Poetry and Film Contest.



  • Course 3 Mathematics (Math 8), Prentice Hall or Algebra 1, Savvas Education
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students complete a high school level first-year Algebra course of study.  Topic include, solving linear equations, factoring polynomials, exponent rules, coordinate geometry, equation of a line, functions vs relations, domain and range of a function, solving two or more linear equalities or inequalities, maximum and minimum values for a system of inequalities, inequalities with absolute value, distance formula, midpoint of a line segment, polynomials with radicals, solving quadratics, evaluating parabolas as a quadratic, application of algebraic calculation in word problems, probability, combinations and permutations, statistical graphs, measure of central tendency and measures of variability. ST Math, online and interactive, boosts math comprehension and proficiency through visual, spatial temporal learning that enables students to improve their conceptual understanding and problem solving.



  • Science 8, Prentice Hall
  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

Middle school students study the concepts of earth, life and physical sciences such as the structure and properties of matter and its interactions, forces, motion and stability, energy, from molecules to organisms, ecosystem’s interactions: energy and dynamics, heredity, biological evolution: unity and diversity, earth’s systems, the earth and human activity, space system, history of the earth, weather and climate, human impacts, engineers design,  chemical reactions, growth, development and reproduction of organisms, waves and electromagnetic radiation, natural selection and adaptions, chemical formulas, acids/bases, and gas laws. Each year the concepts build upon knowledge acquisition of the previous year. Hands-on investigation and experimentation is an integral part of daily science along with 1:1 device usage for research and application. Yearly, students spend a quality day of enrichment visiting JPL, Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Students participate in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, the nation-wide “You Be the Chemist Challenge” (YBTC) and JSerra High School’s “Battle of the Rockets” competitions. Students utilize their Science TechBook to investigate research and create projects to further extend their knowledge and mastery of concepts. The STEM infused interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by: exploring the overarching themes of science

  • asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science
  • Students conduct scientific investigations based on the Scientific Method
  • Student’s iPad utilization is an integral part of their learning for research, reference and class presentation



  • The American Journey, Glencoe

Students study the ideas, issues, and events beginning with the framing of the Constitution through World War 1, placing an emphasis on America’s role in the wars.  After reviewing the development of America’s democratic institutions founded on the Judeo-Christian heritage and English parliamentary traditions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy, and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. Students learn the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. Students make connections between the rise of the industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions.


The Enrichment Curriculum includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Music), Art, Physical Education and Spanish.