Language Arts:

  • Identify idioms analogies, metaphors and similes.
  • Use knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon roots/affixes to understand vocabulary.
  • Analyze and identify plot, foreshadowing, character traits, and themes in fiction.
  • Analyze and identify cause/effect patterns and author’s purpose in non-fiction.
  • Uses an outline or note taking to organize compositions.
  • Supports statements with descriptions, facts, or specific examples.
  • Revise writing to improve organization and consistency between paragraphs.
  • Writes persuasive compositions, summaries, letters, narratives, and responses to literature.
  • Demonstrates all appropriate mechanics and English usage.
  • Delivers narrative and persuasive presentations.


  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers, and take numbers to whole number powers.
  • Convert fractions to decimals/percents.
  • Differentiate between rational and irrational numbers.
  • Solve problems that involve discounts, mark-ups, commissions, and interest.
  • Add and subtract fractions by factoring to find common denominators.
  • Multiply, divide, and simplify rational numbers by using exponent rules.
  • Use the order of operation to evaluate algebraic expressions.
  • Simplify numerical expressions be applying properties of rational numbers.
  • Graph linear functions and know that the ratio is called the slope of the graph.
  • Plot the values of quantities whose rations are always the same, and fit a line to the plot, and understand that the slope of the line equals the quantities.
  • Solve two-step linear equations and inequalities in one variable over the rational number; interpret the solution, and verify the reasonableness of the solution.
  • Solve multi-step problems of rate, average speed, distance, and time or a variation.
  • Use measures expressed as rates and products to solve problems; check answers..
  • Understand Pythagorean theorem and converse; use to find length of a side of a right triangle.
  • Understand conditions that indicate two figures are congruent.

ScienceFocus on Life Science

  • Cell Biology: All living organisms are composed of cells.
  • Genetics: Cells contain genetic instructions that specify its traits.
  • Evolution: Evolution accounts for diversity of species.
  • Earth Science: Evidence from rocks allows us to understand evolution.
  • Structures and Function in Living Systems: Structure and function are complementary in animals and plants.
  • Physical Science: Physical principles underlie biological systems.
  • Investigation and Experimentation: Students will develop questions and perform investigations.

Social StudiesMedieval and Early Modern Times

Content standards include learning about the following areas:

  • Islam in the Middle Ages
  • China in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Africa
  • Medieval Japan
  • Medieval Europe
  • Meso-American, Andean Civilizations
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • The Scientific Revolution
  • The 16th, 17th, 18th Century