Eighth Grade Overview
“The school provides the right kind of nurturing environment that enables my boys a seed of excellence to grow. Thank you so much!”
-Middle School Parent
“Christianity is woven into academic material. For the most part, administration and staff use Biblical principles to plan and make decisions.”
-Middle School Parent
Eighth grade is an exciting time for our students as they prepare for the high school transition. The year begins with a retreat in the Fall for building relationships with each other, their teachers, and God. Students have several opportunities throughout the year to lead their fellow classmates.
One of the highlights of the eighth-grade year is the biblical worldview instruction that students receive daily. This curriculum is focused on helping students interpret the worldviews around them as well as develop their own. This is important preparation as they go to high school.
Students are well prepared for the high school experience and often participate in honors or AP classes. The year ends with specific closure activities for our eighth-grade students including a commissioning breakfast and graduation the last week of school.
Eighth Grade Teachers
Marc Marion, Mary DeCracker, Brock Wolitarsky & Kaylene Williams
At Northshore Christian Academy in the 8th Grade Department, our students are blessed with incredible educators who have the high distinction of over 37 years of experience teaching, 2 Masters Degrees, and are ACSI accredited and have Washington State Teaching Certificates. Our teachers feel called to be exemplary educators and come from diverse and prominent teaching backgrounds that equip them with the tools necessary to meet the needs of each of our students.
As a Christian school, located in Everett, WA, we have the pleasure of partnering with families, local schools and businesses to give our students a well-rounded education. Our program focuses not only on the exemplary academics and their spiritual development of each student, but also their social and emotional development. Our program diligently works to support each of our students in their scholarly and personally endeavors as it helps shape and mold them into thriving members of our community.
Through collaborative team work, facilitated by our Learner Centered Collaboration (LCC), our teachers are able to create an environment of dynamically different teaching styles and strategically consistent curriculum. This allows our teachers to successfully impact our students by supporting all different learning styles. Northshore’s teamwork approach in evaluating data, such as our standardized testing, helps our program continue to be at the forefront of producing students ready to lead the world.
Light-bearers is designed to help students develop a personal understanding of what Jesus meant when He said, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” (John 28:19). Students will build upon their foundation of Biblical knowledge and apply it into real-life application through a study of spiritual disciplines and practical application in, and out of the classroom.
Students learn about life science facts, systems, and vocabulary. Participants will observe, draw, dissect, apply critical thinking skills and use the scientific method. Life Science topics include taxonomy (classification), cellular biology, molecular biology, the tissues and structures of plants and animals, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, ecology, and the systems of the human body. The objectives of this course are mastery of basic life science facts along with the development of interest in and enjoyment of the amazing living things our Creator has designed.
While students are learning mathematics, they will understand the concept of absolute truth, and their minds will be strengthened through thinking and reasoning skills. Students will learn to go from the concrete to the abstract, from the particular to the general, from content to the concept. They will also learn to process facts as part of the truth and order that God has built into reality. Each grade level builds upon previous learning in which mathematical concepts are distributed throughout the year for better retention and math mastery.
The eighth-grade language arts course focuses on vocabulary, grammar, literature, and composition. Building on Common Core writing standards melded together with a variety of techniques, students create multiple forms of original writing in conjunction with the literature being read and analyzed. A variety of literary genres, fiction, and non-fiction, are explored in eighth grade including essays, poetry, short stories, dramas, novels, and more. Thoughtful interpretive discussions about literature, along with critical analysis, are emphasized. Students are also given strategies that build public speaking confidence. By participating in the speech meet, class debates, Socratic seminars, and oral presentations students learn to express themselves orally with poise and clarity.
- Chess and Logic
- Computer Coding
- Medical Detectives
- Pre-AP Physics
- Speech and Debate
- Student Aide
- Student Leadership
- Study Hall
- Web/Game Design
- Worship Team
Fine Art Options
- Advanced Band
- Advanced Orchestra
- Advanced Choir