Four levels of math are offered in grade eight. Pre-Algebra/Algebra is a continuation of the two-year class that begins in grade seven. Students benefit from additional review and practice of pre-algebra skills, and are well prepared for an honors level algebra class in high school. There are two Algebra classes—one focuses on the basic skills and concepts typically taught in high school algebra and provides time for review and practice of more complex skills; the other is a continuation of honors-level algebra and is for those students who have mastered the first half of honors algebra and have solidified the necessary mathematical reasoning skills. The fourth class is Honors Geometry, a high school-level honors course. This class is designed for students who have developed advanced mathematical reasoning and have mastered high school level algebra. Geometry is brought to life through the exploration of shapes and patterns, and by solving real-world problems. Throughout the course, students use their knowledge of algebra to solve problems, thus keeping those skills current.
Students take the second half of their journey through western civilization. The curriculum starts with the rise of Christianity and the decline of Rome, followed by an in-depth look at Medieval Europe, the Renaissance, the Reformation, Voyages of Discovery, the founding of the American Republic, and a study of the U.S. Constitution. The year concludes with a look at the history and government of Arizona.