The Grade 8 curriculum covers radicals, exponents, solving and graphing equations and inequalities, linear relations and more. These topics are covered in depth with many of the ideas usually not seen again until later in high school for most students. The extension to deeper thinking within each topic allows students to explore ideas in mathematics not often discussed in a regular classroom situation. In addition to the core topics, independent assignments (known as Jet Sets) have challenging, contest-level math problems. Cooperative group work, like all other grades, is a key component in the curriculum for this grade, and all grade 8 students write a final examination at the end of the school year. The overall Grade 8 curriculum is designed for high performing students and the weekly 1.5-hour class is fast-paced.
Here’s what we cover in Grade Eight: