8th Grade Core Subject Course Descriptions

1001080 Language Arts 3 Advanced

Grade 8 – Year Long

The purpose of this course is to provide grade 8 students advanced integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for high school, college, and career preparation and readiness. Students will be exposed to texts of high complexity. Through the application, analysis, evaluation, and creation of complex ideas that are often abstract and multi-faceted, students in the advanced course are challenged to think and collaborate critically on the content.

2100020 U. S. History Advanced

Grade 8 – Year Long

Primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of American history from the Exploration and Colonization period to the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the development of the United States and impact on world history. Students will understand the cause and effect in historical events, students should have the opportunity to explore those fundamental ideas and events which occurred after Reconstruction.

1205070 M/J Math 3 Advanced, Pre-Algebra

Grade 7 or 8 - Year Long

Prerequisite: M/J Mathematics 2 Advanced

Students will develop an understanding of and apply proportionality, similarity, and formulas to determine surface areas and volumes of three dimensional shapes including pyramids, prisms, cylinders and cones. Identify and plot ordered pairs in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane and will predict the results of transformations. Determine, compare and make predictions based on experimental and theoretical probability of independent and dependent events. Construct and analyze histograms, stem-and-leaf plots and circle graphs. Analyze and represent linear functions and solve linear equations and systems of equations. Analyze two and three dimensional figures by using distance and angle relationships. Analyze and summarize data sets including box and whisker plots, scatter plots and lines of best fit.

1200320Z Algebra I Honors

Grade 7 or 8 - Year Long

High School Credit: 1 Credit

Course Weight: 4.5   

State EOC Required 

Prerequisite(s): FSA Math Level 4 or Higher. An “A-B” average in M/J Math 2 Advanced, Math Prealgebra or M/J Math 3 Advanced is highly recommended for highest potential for academic success.

This course gives a rigorous in-depth study of algebra and algebraic concepts and processes that can be used to solve a variety of real-world mathematical problems. Topics will include the language of algebra, solving equations with one and two variables, polynomials, quadratics, exponents, statistics, factoring functions, and graphing. At the completion of this course, all students will take the state mandated EOC exam which counts 30% of the student’s final grade. Passing the Algebra 1 EOC is required for graduation.

1206320Z Geometry Honors

Grade 8 – Year Long. 

High School Credit: 1  Credit 

Course Weight: 4.5  

State EOC Required

Prerequisite(s):  “A, B or C+” in Algebra 1 Honors, FSA Algebra 1 EOC Level 4 or Higher.  *If a student earned a "C" in Algebra 1 Honors, it is recommended that the student retake the course for grade forgiveness with Okaloosa Online or in the algebra honors class provided at the school in order to raise the student's High School GPA.

This course gives a rigorous in-depth study of geometry with emphasis on methods of proof and the formal language of mathematics. Geometry Honors also models the logic of business analysis through mathematics to ready the business leaders of tomorrow. Instruction is rapidly paced for the most advanced math student. At the completion of this course, all students will take the state mandated EOC exam which counts 30% of the student’s final grade.

2003320 A & B Physical Science Honors (High School Credit)

Grade 8 – Year Long

High School Credit: 1 credit (0.5 credit earned at end of each semester) 

Course Weight: 4.5 

While the content focus of this course is consistent with the Physical Science course, students will explore these concepts in greater depth. In general, the academic pace and rigor will be greatly increased for honors level course work. Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends that at the high school level, all students should be in the science lab or field, collecting data every week. School laboratory investigations (labs) are defined by the National Research Council (NRC) as an experience in the laboratory, classroom, or the field that provides students with opportunities to interact directly with natural phenomena or with data collected by others using tools, materials, data collection techniques, and models. Laboratory investigations in the high school classroom should help all students develop a growing understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills to calibrate and troubleshoot equipment used to make observations. Learners should understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data. Completion of a science fair project is a mandatory component of this course.


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