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What to Expect in Grade 8

  • Morning assemblies with the whole school featuring prayer, a devotion, praise songs, birthday celebrations and announcements.
  • Chapel each Wednesday featuring singing, Bible recitation and a message or special presentation.
  • Participation in a “Family Group,” a K-8 mix of 10 students led by 8th graders. These groups meet almost weekly for prayer, game or devotional activity.
  • Daily Bible with an overview of the New Testament, emphasizing the application of biblical truth to daily living. Also, Scripture memorization and leadership and service opportunities.
  • English: a combination class focusing on writing, grammar, vocabulary exercises and quality literature. Students practice expository and narrative writing from both the first and third person points of view in response to literature and research. Excellence in Writing, Elements of Language Wariner’s 2nd Course, Adventures in Reading Anthology and Classics from our literature list are some of the curricula that highlight our coursework.
  • Daily mathematics according to a child’s ability/achievement level: Algebra I or Geometry.
  • History covers units from medieval times, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment and Victorian England; in addition we also study the Age of Exploration and the Mongol Empire. American History is taught from a Christian worldview, beginning with the settling of the New World through to major 20th Century events.
  • Science addresses middle school chemistry & physics, studying forces, motion, & energy. Other topics include studying the scientific method, creating lab procedures with a lab report, atomic structure, states of matter, and chemical reactions.
  • Latin continues with grammar skills, Latin roots, and commonly used phrases.
  • Formal logic is introduced as a course. Students study deductive reasoning, learn symbolic logic, and develop formal proofs.
  • Participation in a leadership initiative that includes focus on Jesus as our leadership example, asking/answering important questions of our faith and providing opportunities to lead here at WCA in a multitude of ways
  • Daily snack from home; lunch and recess
  • Annual participation in Field Day, Thanksgiving Chapel, Grandparents’ Day, Christmas program and Spring Musical and an eighth grade led chapel service.
  • 8th grade extracurricular opportunities include basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and ski club, as well as academic competitions.
  • Outreach projects connects students with different cultures and needs. Students adopt a leader in ministry or government. They pray for and encourage them and learn about their leadership role.
  • Fine Arts Program including the study of music theory, musical performances for choir and drama, with a Christmas concert and spring musical. Artistic expressions created from a foundational instruction of the elements of art. Students also learn the basics of art history.
  • Weekly participation in chapel as well as special chapels including: Grandparents & Special Friends Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Class Chapel.
  • Field trips often include area theaters and museums, 7th & 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. (every other year) where students learn about and appreciate the sacrifices made for their freedom.