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8th Grade - R.I.S.E. Academy
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The eighth grade course in English emphasizes reading comprehension, analysis of literature and write a critical essay. Students will continue reading novels from a list of American and world literatures. They will be introduced to essay writing, which includes a new .The grammar component will continue stressing the usage of mechanics which students have not yet mastered. The Creative Writing component provide opportunities to critically analyze their own writing through a thorough process of collaborative editing process.


With a strong foundation in Algebra, students will the material of our regular Algebra course at a faster pace with greater depth and complexity. Students will continue improving on solving equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations, and problem solving, in addition to the learning and practicing the concepts of polynomials, quadratic equations, algebraic fractions, and systems of equations

In Geometry, students will learn and master the concepts of plane, angles, parallel lines, triangles different of types of polygons, congruence, similarity, circles, area and volume, coordinate geometry, and basic right triangle trigonometry.

Social Studies

TCI History Alive

History Alive Curriculum helps students succeed in learning about history in a way that is fun and exciting. The TCI Approach consists of three main components: exciting learning activities, reading the textbook, and writing about what was learned in the interactive student notebooks. With the TCI Approach, students not only learn more, but also have fun!

The United States through Industrialism immerses students in a powerful journey through the history of the United States from its earliest foundations to the age of industrialism.

  • Unit 1: Our Colonial Heritage
  • Unit 2: Revolution in the Colonies
  • Unit 3: Forming a New Nation
  • Unit 4: Launching the New Republic
  • Unit 5: An Expanding Nation
  • Unit 6: Americans in the Mid-1800s
  • Unit 7: The Union Challenged
  • Unit 8: Migration and Industry
  • Unit 9: A Modern Nation Emerges


In line with our school philosophy, R.I.S.E. academy continues using the FOSS Middle School

The Foss science curriculum:

  • Actively engages students with meaningful experiences
  • Prepares students exceeding the California Common Core Standards, integrating vigorous reading and literacy strategies to support the Common Core ELA for all students
  • Utilizes technology to deliver learning experiences

FOSS Middle School bridges research and practice by providing tools and strategies to engage students in meaningful experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural and designed world. The curriculum covers Earth and Environmental Science, natural science (Biology), Physics and chemistry through interactive and project based learning, and experimentation.

Physical Education

Strength and Conditioning

The design of the class concentrate on the fundamentals of strength and conditioning. The focus is on motor control, movement patterns, and proper form. Our PE program objective is instill in the students positive attitude towards and physical and mental health. The class is designed to increase strength, speed, power, and agility and gaining a competitive edge through workouts that are both physically and mentally challenging to prepare the students to compete at his/her highest level.


Sports Classes will be comprised of two to four week standard bases activity units. Sports include but not limited to: Soccer, Basketball, Volley Ball, Baseball, and badminton.

Aerobic Running

Is devoted to fitness improvements by running the mile or the Pacer (progressive aerobic cardiovascular endurance run) http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/pestandards.pdf


During their course of study, the JH students work to develop and fine tune a wide collection of dramatic tools including body language, eye contact, facial expression, gesture, language, tempo and voice.. Students have the opportunity to tell a story through performance, and critically analyze artistic work as they reflect upon their own personal connections Drama. The Drama class enhances creativity, improve self-esteem and develop collaborative work habits. They will eventually have the opportunity to perform in school play.