The humanities in the Eighth Grade curriculum are centered on American history. English class is based on American literature, and History is a thematic look at the United States that focuses on significant inflection points from the Revolution forward. Students participate in a semester-long oral history project in cooperation with residents of the Rogue Valley Manor, a local retirement community. Click here to see this year's compilation.
Integrated Science features a semester of human developmental biology and a semester of chemistry. Having taken a semester of each of the foreign languages (Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and German) offered at St. Mary's during Sixth and Seventh Grade, Eighth Graders select one to pursue for the year. They also take Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, or Geometry.
In addition, Religion, Health, Art, and Physical Education meet every other day. Elective choices include Choir and Orchestra.
To see the Eighth Grade schedule, click here.
One of the highlights of the Eighth Grade year is the annual four-day community service trip to the north Oregon coast. In addition to working on an ongoing habitat restoration project in a state park, we visit Fort Clatsop in Astoria--the winter encampment of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery.