Social Science 8CP/H
English 8 CP: This course is designed to focus on vocabulary development, literary analysis, reading comprehension, writing for a purpose, and speaking and listening in accordance with the California State Standards for 8th grade.
English 8 H: This course is designed to focus on vocabulary development, literary analysis, reading comprehension, writing for a purpose, and speaking and listening in accordance with the California State Standards. English 8H standards are explored with greater depth and complexity to meet the learning needs of honors level students.
*Prerequisite: A's and B's semester 1 and 2 in English 7 H
Math 8CP/Algebra 1 H/CP
Math 8 CP: Students focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
Algebra 1 CP: Algebra 1CP is an accelerated course where students will learn Math 8CP and Algebra standards, including (1) interpreting functions given graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally; translating between representations, and understanding the limitations of various representations including exponential functions; (2) extending the laws of exponents to rational exponents and creating quadratic and exponential expressions as well as creating and solving quadratic equations; (3) comparing the key characteristics of quadratic functions to those of linear and exponential functions.
*Prerequisite: C's in Math 7 Accelerated or A's semester 1 and 2 in Math 7 CP and 83% or higher on District benchmark exam or 70% or higher on Boost Camp exam
Algebra 1 H: Students focus on four critical areas: (1) deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships; (2) interpret functions given graphically, numerically, symbolically and verbally, translate between representations and understand the limitations of various representations including exponential functions; compare and contrast linear and exponential relationships with each other and engage in methods for analyzing, solving and using quadratic functions; (3) extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents and create and solve quadratic and exponential expressions, inequalities and systems of equations involving quadratics; and (4) expand their function experience to specialized functions including absolute value, step, and piecewise define, and apply linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.
*Prerequisite: A's and B's semester 1 and 2 in Math 7 Accelerated
Social Science 8 CP: This course includes the ideas, issues, and events Pre-Revolution to the end of the reconstruction era. It includes United States history, government, and geography from that period. The American heritage is explored through its people, ideas and events. Students examine the responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society and the development of the United States into a world power.
Social Science 8 H: This course of study provides an advanced and enriched curriculum to qualified students. The course objectives will be met by fulfilling the California State Social Science Standards with emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, and research. The course covers the social, political, economic, geographic, and religious influences of United States History from PreRevolution to Reconstruction.
*Prerequisite: A's and B's semester 1 and 2 in Social Science 7 H
Physical Science 8CP/H
Physical Science 8 CP: In grade eight, students expand their knowledge of physical science. Their study of chemistry focuses on the nature of matter, states of matter, elements and the periodic table, chemical reactions, and the chemistry of biological processes. The study of physics focuses on motion, energy, and forces, as well as density and buoyancy. Finally, the study of astronomy focuses on solar systems, stars, galaxies and the universe.
Physical Science 8 H: This course provides an advanced and enriched curriculum for selected students with an emphasis on physical science, chemistry and earth science. Development of problem solving, critical thinking, and mathematical skills are stressed.
*Prerequisite: A's semester 1 and 2 in Life Science 7 CP & concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1CP or Algebra 1 H
Spanish 1 CP: Students will receive training in speaking, understanding, reading, writing, grammar and an introduction to the culture of the people who speak the language. A grade of C or better must be received in the course to be eligible to take Spanish 2 in the 9th grade. Ten high school credits are earned by passing (A-D) this class. The grade received is part of the high school GPA (grade point average) and counts for valedictorian.
*Prerequisite: A's and B's semester 1 and 2 in English 7 CP/H and no grade lower than a C in all other classes
**Note: Grades given in courses taken at the eighth grade level for high school credits (e.g. World Language) will be placed permanently on the high school transcript for each semester and figured into the student's cumulative high school grade point average.