Eighth Grade

Curriculum Hightlights


  • Students learn about and participate in the liturgical life of the Church, focusing on prayer, sacraments and the liturgical year.
  • They discover their Catholic roots through the of study Church history.
  • Throughout the year students read and discuss the Acts of the Apostles.

Social Studies

  • Students cover United States history from 1492 to 1920. 
  • They analyze U.S. politics, government, wars, and culture. 
  • They also participate in debates, skits, games, and other activities to reinforce the material.

Language Arts

  • Students are exposed to literature selections including:Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Night, Lord of the Flies, and Farewell to Manzanar.
  • Poetry selections are studied and selected genres of poetry are composed throughout the year.
  • Composition focuses on strategies and application; vocabulary is developed and language conventions are addressed.


  • Students explore physical science, covering motion and force, matter and energy, and the periodic table.
  • Course work is inquiry-based and therefore very challenging and "hands-on".


  • Students examine a variety of algebra topics including properties of exponents, written response problems and graphs and functions.
  • They also learn linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, exponential functions, polynomial functions, polynomial factoring, quadratic equations and functions, radical expressions and equations.

Additional Program Highlights


  • May Crowning
  • Student Body Masses
  • Wacky Olympics
  • NET Retreat
  • Graduation
  • Fieldtrips:  Getty, Japanese American National Museum, Museum of Tolerance and Superior Court


Students in grades K-6 receive music instruction once a week.  Students learn to apply vocal and instrumental musical skills in performance. Performance ensembles include the handbell choir, recorder consort and the school choir for grades 2 and up.


Students receive weekly computer instruction in the school lab.  Classes focus on computer literacy and safety, keyboarding skills, word processing and desktop publishing.  


Students in grades K-6 receive weekly instruction in art.  Students in grades K-5 are also a part of  the
ArtsConnect program offered through the Orange County Performing Arts Center.


After-school classes provide theatrical training for 5th through 8th grade students. Fall and Spring Productions offer students the opportunity to perform for live audiences.


The Spanish language is taught through group interaction and fun activities.  The lessons include pronunciation, intonation, and basic grammatical structures.  The goal is an appreciation of Spanish culture and basic conversational skills.  Students in grades 7 and 8 also receive a serious introduction to Latin (1.5 hours/ week)

Physical Education & Sports Offerings

Students participate in physical education class twice per week.  Physical fitness and team work are focal points of the instruction. Competitive team sports and cheerleading are available to students in grades 5-8.  Sports include:  football, basketball and volleyball for boys and volleyball, basketball and softball for girls.

Eighth Grade Teachers Contact Info

Eighth Grade TeachersNamePhoneEmail
8AMrs. Babcock714-557-5060 ext. 318jbabcock@sjbschool.net
8BMrs. Mendes714-557-5060 ext. 319smendes@sjbschool.net