Curriculum

8th Grade

St. Thomas More Cathedral School follows the Curriculum Guidelines of the Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools. The core curriculum consists of instruction in the following subjects: Religion, Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Spanish.

Students also participate in the following special classes: Art, Library Skills, Technology, Physical Education.

A variety of instructional methods are used including cross-curricular units, cooperative groups, direct instruction, discovery learning and hands-on activities. Homework is assigned to review lessons and practice skills.

An optional instrumental band program during the school day and an after-school choir program supplement music instruction. The instrumental band program is offered for grades 4 – 8 and the choir program is available for grades 3 – 8.

The instructional program is supported through the following: Resource Program, Educational Field Trips, Guest Speakers, Community Service.

A word from the teachers about 8th grade…

8th Graders look forward to these activities:

  • Leaders of the school
  • Pre-K Helpers
  • Confirmation
  • High School Placement Tests and applying to different high schools
  • Science Fair
  • Ellis Island Re-creation
  • To Kill a Mockingbird tea party
  • Shakespeare
  • Readers for May Procession
  • Old Rag Field Trip
  • Graduation

Our 8th graders have always been successful getting into high school, usually getting into the school of their dreams. Last year our graduates went to Bishop O’Connell, Bishop Ireton, Gonzaga, Thomas Jefferson, and Duke Ellington.