8TH GRADE COURSE CATALOG

COURSE: ALGEBRA 
COURSE NUMBER: 14
A-G: N/A Junior High Course 8th Grade
PREREQUISITE: Pre Algebra or Math 7
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Swingle) Periods 1,2,3,4,6,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Luzano) Periods 1,2,3,4,6,9
DESCRIPTION: The National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Curriculum, Evaluation, and Assessment Standards, California State Content Standards and Frameworks, and Common Core Standards have been followed for this course. This course takes the students step-by-step from a review of Pre-Algebra skills to rational expressions and equations, polynomials, and the use of rational numbers to solve real life problems. Students learn to simplify and evaluate expressions, solve equations, understand algebraic properties, and graph real numbers. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the language of mathematics, including variables, terms, integers, equalities and inequalities.

COURSE: ALGEBRA / GEOMETRY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 15
A-G: N/A Junior High Course 8th Grade
PREREQUISITE: Pre Algebra or Math 7 with a grade of “A”
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Swingle) Period 8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Luzano) Period 8
DESCRIPTION: The National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Curriculum, Evaluation, and Assessment Standards, California State Content Standards and Frameworks, and Common Core Standards have been followed for this course. This course takes the students step-by-step from a review of Pre-Algebra skills to rational expressions and equations, polynomials, and the use of rational numbers to solve real life problems. Students learn to simplify and evaluate expressions, solve equations, understand algebraic properties, and graph real numbers. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the language of mathematics, including variables, terms, integers, equalities and inequalities.  Students will also cover the concepts for Geometry in preparation of moving into High School Integrated math.

COURSE: HISTORY 8 – US HISTORY
COURSE NUMBER: 218
A-G: None
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Ferrante) Periods 1,3,6,7,8,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Peviani-Bruno) Periods 1,3,6,7,8,9
DESCRIPTION: This class encompasses events from the founding of America, its critical documents that became the foundation of American Democracy and the events that have led to modern day United States. It is designed to give students an understanding of effects and influence the US has in political, religious, economic, and social traditions.

COURSE: HISTORY 8 – US HISTORY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 104
A-G: None
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Ferrante) Periods 2
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Peviani-Bruno) Periods 2
DESCRIPTION: This class encompasses events from the founding of America, its critical documents that became the foundation of American Democracy and the events that have led to modern day United States. It is designed to give students an understanding of effects and influence the US has in political, religious, economic, and social traditions.

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH DRAMA A 
COURSE NUMBER: 68
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre, Dance, Cirque, Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 4,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Barton) Periods 4,6
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theatre.  Emphasis will be placed on learning proper theatre vocabulary and terminology as well as proper acting technique.  Provides opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include technical theatre and theatre critique.

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH DRAMA B (ADVANCED) 
COURSE NUMBER: 682
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 4,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to go into more depth with junior high students with the art of theatre.  Emphasis will be placed on learning proper theatre vocabulary and terminology as well as proper acting technique.  Provides opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include technical theatre and theatre critique.

COURSE: PHYSICAL SCIENCE (SCIENCE 8)
COURSE NUMBER: 148
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Volk) Periods 1,2,3,4,8,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hassen) Periods 1,2,3,4,8,9
DESCRIPTION:  This course is assigned for specific small group strategies to help students succeed. They work with assigned teachers to help them learn how to accomplish tasks within their general education classes.

COURSE: JUNIOR ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY (ASB)
COURSE NUMBER: 6911
A-G: n/a
PREREQUISITE: Successful audition or election
HOUSE: Careers
CONSERVATORY: Career Arts
HESPERIA COURSES: (Burke) Periods 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Ball) Periods 7
DESCRIPTION: ASB Leadership is a project-based course aimed at increasing students’ leadership capabilities. Through the planning and execution of numerous events for the school, students will discover how to best effect change in their communities.  Students will read extensively about the nature of leadership and its different styles. Additionally, students write frequently, critically, reflectively, persuasively, and speak about the real world issues that arise from the planning of events. The course uses sections of The Student Leadership Guide by Brendon Burchard. The class will focus on standards designed by the California Association of Directors of Activities and Common Core State Standards, including communication & public speaking, creativity, service learning and reflection while positively impacting the entire student body.

COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 8 
COURSE NUMBER: 220
A-G: N/A
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Greene) Periods 1,2,3,4,6,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Zarecki) Periods 1,2,3,4,6,7
DESCRIPTION:Instruction advocates techniques for analyzing literature and multiple opportunities for practice. Strategies involve patterns and procedures for students to use the writing process to produce varied types of writing. Instruction provides students with necessary skills to write various types of genres and develop an appreciation of writer’s techniques applied within known pieces of literature.

COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 8 HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 94
A-G: N/A
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Greene) Periods 9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Zarecki) Periods 9
DESCRIPTION:Instruction advocates techniques for analyzing literature and multiple opportunities for practice. Strategies involve patterns and procedures for students to use the writing process to produce varied types of writing. Instruction provides students with necessary skills to write various types of genres and develop an appreciation of writer’s techniques applied within known pieces of literature.