Eighth Grade

High school preparation and confidence building

Calvert’s 8th Grade curriculum begins to bring together the necessary tools and topics to fully equip your child for success in high school and all endeavors proceeding graduation. Students will study narrative poetry and prose that correspond to our American History program. Through literature, textbooks, atlas, and geography workbooks, your child is immersed in the country’s intellectual, physical, and political identities.


Students develop a deep understanding of algebra through statistical applications and representing and comparing functions. Students will also add and subtract using scientific notation, use exponential notation, graph linear equations, analyze data, and apply geometric transformations.

Language Arts

Narrative poetry and prose correspond to American History. Students are immersed in the country’s intellectual, physical, and political identities. Vocabulary, grammar skills, and reading comprehension are built through poetry reading, speeches, sonnets, plays, and award-winning novels.

  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • The Pearl
  • Reflections: An Anthology
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle


Students review geographic themes, such as spatial growth, demographic patterns, and climatic issues, in the historical context of the U.S.


Physical Science is explored through the topics of the properties of matter, chemical bonding and reactions, motion, forces, energy, and the properties of sound and light waves. This course incorporates many optional digitally-rich features for an engaging experience that nurtures 21st century skills critical to college and career readiness.


Students study American History from the discovery of America to modern America.


Students master presentation skills, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and HTML.

Learning Strategies

Students also master study skills, organizing, test taking, note‑taking, and research needed for high school.

Course content subject to change.

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