Eight grade students will begin the year with the study of civics and economics. They will learn about the role of the citizen in the American political and economic systems, focusing on essential knowledge of the United States at the national, state, and local levels. Students will also learn the basic principles, structure, and operation of the American economy. This is intended to foster patriotism, respect for the law, a sense of civic duty, and informed economic decision making.
Eighth grade students will finish the year with study of the years leading up to the Civil War. This study of decades and administrations leading up to the Civil War will reveal not only the launching of our government but the gradual development of deep rifts in our nation which lead to the great conflict.