8th Grade Electives

  • Olympics of Science and Math

    Students will learn to apply science and mathematics concepts and principles in innovative situations that enhance problem-solving skills. Students may have the opportunity to compete in local, regional, state, and national Science Olympiad. 

    Technological Systems

    Students will learn how technological systems work together to solve problems and capture opportunities. As technology becomes more integrated and systems become dependent upon each other, this course gives students a general background on the different types of systems with specific concentration on the connections between these systems.

    Drawing

    Students will learn drawing techniques using various media. They work with line, value, and basic perspective. In addition, students will learn to think and write critically about master work as well as their own. 

    Painting

    Students will learn basic painting skills and concepts, and presents the painting process as a problem-solving exercise designed to promote fluency, flexibility, and elaboration. In addition, students will learn to think and write critically about master work as well as their own. 

    Pottery/Sculpture

    Students will learn to create their own work with a wide variety of media such as paper, wood, clay, plaster, paper mâché, or fabric. Students explore various cultures, art history and learn to think and write critically about master work as well as their own. 

    Modern Dance 2

    Students will further develop their modern dance technique skills through a rigorous, class with more complicated performance and choreographic projects. Students should anticipate some after-school practices and evening performances. Prerequisite: Modern Dance I and/or teacher recommendation

    Visual Composition I

    Students will engage in deep study of the elements and principles of art centered on the curriculum set forth in the North Carolina Essential Standards for Visual Art. Two and three-dimensional techniques will be taught using a variety of media. Students explore various cultures, art history and learn to think and write critically about master work as well as their own.

    Visual Composition II

    Students will learn to develop their technical and artistic skills as they solve problems with their own choice of media. Students will be expected to write critical analysis of the work of others (including the masters) and their own. Prerequisite: Visual Comp I.

    Introduction to Theatre

    Students will learn an overview of dramatic techniques. Students develop communication skills through study in dialogue, pantomime, improvisation, speech/diction, and role play. 

    Advanced Spanish

    Students will learn the study of the Spanish language and culture, refining grammatical and vocabulary topics. Major topics include the rooms in a house, making comparisons, the superlative, stem changing verbs, affirmative commands, the present progressive tense, clothing, demonstrative adjectives, and the preterit of verbs. Students who complete this course successfully and who pass the exit exam (worth 20% of the overall grade) may take Spanish II at the high school level. Prerequisite: Intermediate Spanish.

    Computer Skills Application II

    Students will learn of instructional modules designed to provide hands-on instruction in digital literacy and software applications. The software applications include word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets. Prerequisite: Computer Skills and Apps. I.

    Project Lead the Way: Automation and Robotics

    Students will learn the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students acquire knowledge and skills in problem solving, teamwork, collaboration, and innovation.

    Exploring Business, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship 

    Students will learn to explore the nature of business in an international economy and to study related careers in fields such as entrepreneurship, financial services, information technology, marketing, office systems technology, public relations and promotion, and travel and tourism. Emphasis is on using the computer while studying applications in these careers along with problem solving and thinking skills

    Exploring FACS - Finance and Design

    Students will learn to explore personal finance and design and will have the opportunity to achieve a Personal Financial Literacy certification through the EverFi Vault program. Students will also learn the basic principles of interior design including sustainable design and managing a living space.

    Chorus

    Students will learn to apply correct singing technique and various elements of musical expression through developmentally appropriate and historic vocal literature. Students learn how to use traditional notation in order to learn music, and to respond correctly to conductors’ gestures both in rehearsal and public performance. Students will study vocal music and its relationship to other cultures, eras and geographical locations.

    Concert Chorus

    Students will continue to apply correct singing technique, study vocal health issues and various elements of musical expression through developmentally appropriate and historic vocal literature. Students will use traditional notation in order to learn music, and to respond correctly to conductors’ gestures both in rehearsal and public performance. Students in this class may be asked to represent the school in public performances and should anticipate some after-school practices and evening performances. 

    To register for 8th grade, please visit the 8th Grade Elective Registration.

    ***Changes in school staff may result in the adjustment of courses offered.***