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Mr. Shahkar

Bible, Algebra, Geometry

Mrs. Managan

Pre-Algebra, Science

Mrs. Winaker

Social Studies



8th Grade Curriculum

  • Bible:  Purpose Driven Life, Rachel's Tears, Case for Christ
  • Language Arts: Essay Architect
  • Literature: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • Math: Pre Algebra, Algebra, Geometry; McDougall Littell
  • Science: Bob Jones Physical Science
  • Social Studies: Abeka
  • Spanish: Prentice Hall/Pearson

Field Trips & Highlights

  • Woodleaf Spiritual Retreat (Young Life Camp)
  • "A Christmas Carol" at the Lesher Center
  • Washington, D.C,, Gettysburg and New York City
  • Constitutional Convention
  • President Project
  • Civil War Project
  • Washington D.C., journal and scrapbook
  • I Search project presentations
  • Ellis Island Immigration Simulation
  • 8th Grade Play


Eighth graders spend the year discussing ways to move biblical head-knowledge into the heart. Through discussion, journaling, role-playing, skits, and small group questions, students examine what it means to live out the Christian faith. Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, the biography Rachel’s Tears,  a detailed study of Romans guide classroom discussion and The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. Students will discuss the potential impact they will have on their high school campuses when modeling strong Christian character.

Language Arts

8th Grade English encompasses the areas of reading, critical thinking, writing, and speaking. Students will continue to build their grammar skills, vocabulary, literary analysis and interpretation, formal and creative writing, and speech. Students will increase their understanding of different genres of literature and practice their use of new vocabulary words. Students will have a series of writing units designed to help them understand the structure of various writing forms such as narrative, argumentative, and informational. Students are encouraged to apply Christian perspective and principals when writing, and analyzing literary works. Classwork and homework includes responses to literature or nonfiction text, reading comprehension questions, independent home reading, annotation, vocabulary, essays, and group projects. 8th Graders will have the opportunity to read and analyze the novel, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and attend the play at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. 8th Graders will also act and put on a play for the SRVCA community in the Spring.  


Eighth grade students are divided into three levels: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Small student-teacher ratios and leveled math classes allow students to master developmentally appropriate concepts with confidence. Units of study may include positive and negative numbers, equations, inequalities, area, volume, square roots, probability, statistics, polynomials, linear functions, graphing, 3-dimensional shapes, proofs, transformations, matrices, vectors, and tangents.


Physical science will cover the general topics of physics and chemistry. We will explore fundamental physical science concepts and basic investigative skills. The purpose of this course is to develop an awareness of the unique relationship of the Bible, physical science and the world. All hands-on activities stress the scientific method of problem solving and allow students to see how experimentation and observation are the bases of scientific investigation. 

Social Studies

In 8th grade Social Studies, we study American history starting with exploration and settlement of North America to America in the twentieth century with particular attention paid to the history of the sites we will visit on our trip to Washington, D.C.


8th grade continues its focus on learning the skills accomplished in a high school Spanish I class including: Spanish grammar, written and oral presentations, and discussions about the culture of Spanish speaking peoples. By the end of the 8th grade year, students are generally able to move directly into Spanish II and, sometimes, into Spanish III.