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.
The goal of the middle school technology program at All Saints’ is to equip students with skills appropriate to their age level and teach them to make effective use of those skills so that they are able to compete in a world increasingly integrated with and dependent on technology. Integrating technology projects with other subjects allows them to apply what they’ve learned and encourages artistic self expression. They learn to find and prioritize information, synthesize new knowledge, and present it confidently and creatively.
The building blocks of technology are word processing, using search engines, and creating data presentations. Students have considerable flexibility in adapting these to their individual learning style, a practice which maximizes their opportunities to be successful.
The curriculum includes instruction on using the internet safely and students are expected to use technology appropriately, responsibly, and for school purposes only. Resources include computer labs, laptop carts, interactive white board technology, and Destiny Research Center.