Eighth Grade


Eighth grade mathematicians will be given a strong foundation, introduction to higher-level Algebra, and an appetite for continued success in math. Topics include: rational and irrational numbers, functions, linear equations, systems of equations, exponents, radical expressions, inequalities, polynomials, quadratics and fractional equations. They will also study geometry including triangle properties, reasoning in geometry, Pythagorean theorem and similarity.


Eighth grade scientists will focus on physical science with a two-fold focus of learning how to design and run a scientific inquiry that results in original data, and writing a solid conclusion based on this information. Students will deepen their work in biology by understanding the chemistry and physics behind the world in which they live. They will study chemical reactions, look at climate change and debate causes and solutions, and be encouraged to critically think and strengthen their facility with quantitative data.


Eighth grade English students will foster in students an awareness and appreciation of language and literature. Students will tackle the epic (The Odyssey) and its mythic background, Shakespearean sonnets, novels, and drama. They receive SSAT/ISEE preparation, and amass an immense vocabulary. They produce a great deal of analytical writing, and gain proficiency in the types of timed writing required on standardized test and application interviews. Some of the books read will include: The Odyssey, The Tempest, Their Eyes Were Watching God.


Eighth grade historians will embark on an exploration of historical events that shaped America, with an emphasis on varied groups and their contributions to our society. Additionally, they will explore the tenants of the constitutional process, and analyze its relevance to current events. Geography is taught concurrently. A partial list of topics include: earliest Americans, early European settlements, the British colonial period, the American revolution, understanding the constitutional process, tests of foreign relations and U.S. sovereignty.


A pass/no pass class, students will learn French language as well as culture, history, life, music science, etc. Students will have conversation and reading practice, grammar practice, and discussion of cultural activities.


Ensemble/chamber music is at the core of a Crowden education, where each voice is vital to the group; so too, in P.E. is every player’s individual participation and teamwork crucial. A partial list of units includes: soccer, posture/breathing, swimming, tennis, basketball, track and field, dance, nutrition. Social and emotional learning includes: being engaged in the team environment, teamwork, and awareness of surroundings, increased confidence, sportsmanship, leadership development.


Art will focus on the fundamentals of art, giving students an expanded awareness and understanding of line, form, color, shape, texture, and space, and skills and tools to use that knowledge creatively. Drawing is a primary focus, which may become a larger drawing, painting, or sculptural project. Projects may include observational drawing, perspective, positive and negative space, self-portraits, conceptual drawings, and graphic comics.


In the course of the academic year, students are asked to learn and to interpret choral works, both a cappella and accompanied, in various styles including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical Romantic, and Modern. To become familiar with different styles is important, as each style requires a special technical approach, which includes tone quality, sense of phrasing and, most importantly, the interpretation of the text. The “Con Brio” (seventh and eighth grade) Chorus will work on music both for boys choir and girls choir, as well as general SATB literature. Emphasis here is on healthy singing through the vocal changes of adolescence.

High School Prep

This is an ungraded class featuring visits from high school admissions directors and exercises to help 8th grade students with the high school application process should they choose to apply to private school. This class is only during the first semester; after applications are in it becomes a yearbook preparation class.

The Crowden School

A coeducational day school for grades 4–8, the Crowden School provides a distinguished education with chamber music at its core.