Grade 8


Classroom Structure

Core academic classes (math, science, English and geography) meet on a block schedule of 75-85 minute periods, allowing completion of a full year of study in one eighteen-week term. Students have two core classes during each eighteen-week term; P.E. and Bible alternate every nine weeks. Elective classes are either nine weeks or one term. Elective classes are co-ed. All core classes are single gender.

School Day

8:10 am – 3:00 pm

Spiritual Life

  • Chapel: Emphases are Christian commitment, lifestyle issues and practical applications of biblical truths to daily living.
  • Missions: The in-school program provides an opportunity for each student to express the integration of faith and learning through involvement in mission-focus group activities.

Academic Life

  • Bible: Emphasis is on Old Testament survey with a focus on God and His covenants.
  • English: Emphasis is developing competency and fluency in reading, writing and critical thinking.
  • Mathematics: Emphasis is arithmetic concepts or, for students in the accelerated program, the introduction of algebraic concepts.
  • World geography: Emphases are world cultures and the earth’s physical characteristics.
  • Life science: Emphasis is scientific methods of investigating the basic structure of living things (introduction to biology).
  • Physical Education: Focus on personal fitness and health with an emphasis on team sports.
  • Electives: Options include Celebration (select choral group), art, drama, video production, Lifetime Sports, intramurals, guided study hall, crafts and hobbies, mock trial and robotics.

Extra-curricular Life:

  • Sports: Interscholastic volleyball, football, cross country, basketball, track and field, and girls soccer.
  • Service projects: On the CRISTA Campus and in the Greater Seattle Area.

Traditions

Extreme Armor, mentor groups, Winter & Spring socials, Snap Trek

Textbooks:

  • Bible: Quest Study Bible
  • English: Springboard and various novels
  • Math: Hold McDougal Mathematics – Grade 7 (Houghton/Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
  • Geography: Geography – The World and Its People (McGraw Hill, 2002)
  • Science: Life Science (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007)