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What interests me? What am I good at and passionate about? Grade 8 students take six required subjects to learn more about themselves and the world: English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Exciting optional subjects are also available.

English Language Arts (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

Analyze ends with –lyze, so paralyze, which sounds similar, likely ends the same way! Your teen will study and create their own texts, including oral, print and visual texts, as they develop listening and speaking, reading and writing, viewing and representing, and inquiry and research skills.


Understanding ratios, rates and proportions. Your teen will understand perfect squares and square roots, and solve problems involving percents, rates, ratios and proportions. They will multiply and divide positive fractions, mixed numbers and integers. Your teen will solve problems involving the Pythagorean theorem, surface area, volume and probability of independent events.


How do hydraulics work and why do we have an epiglottis? Students apply this Grade 8 Science vocabulary as they investigate machines and the human body. They experiment with liquids and gases to interpret their uses in everyday situations, and they learn how light travels through different materials and how vision works.


How do people in different societies view the world and influence each other? Contact between societies that view the world in different ways has shaped our world. Through inquiry, your teen will reflect on their own worldview and assess the influence that the past has on the present. By examining historical examples drawn from Japan, Renaissance Europe and Spanish and Aztec societies, your teen will better understand how contact between societies can lead to change.

Physical Education (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Your teen will take part in various activities that will help them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. They will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, while discovering essential life skills, such as cooperation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.

Health and Life Skills (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

I have an idea of what I’d like to do in the future. It is just a few years away! More than ever, your teen will see who they are and what they believe. They will begin to understand what it means to keep good relationships and make choices that help them a long way into the future.

Career and Technology Foundations (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)

The exploration of career development begins early in life. Through CTF, students explore their interests and passions as they learn about various career possibilities and occupational areas. Challenges or tasks provide students with an opportunity to develop critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills. Hands-on learning helps students develop skills and knowledge and use technologies associated with various occupational areas. CTF provides a foundation for students to transition into Career and Technology Studies in high school.


I’m connecting with my artistic side. Junior high students use a range of tools, materials and media to express how they feel, to think artistically and to value art. They draw and create art, and they examine the art that others have made.


Music makes a difference! Your teen may participate in instrumental music, choral music and general music. They may choose not to participate in each of these programs simultaneously but they have the option of doing so if they desire. In each of these programs, they will develop as a performer, listener, consumer and composer as they strive for musical excellence and explore various styles of music.


Lights, curtain, action! Your teen will explore acting, improvisation, movement and speech. They’ll develop confidence and learn about themselves and others. Your teen will discover how much work it takes, behind the scenes and on the stage, to put on a successful production.


Languages open the door to other cultures and other ways of seeing the world. A variety of languages are being taught throughout Alberta, including First Nations languages, French and other international languages. School authorities may choose provincial language programs or develop their own programs.

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Environmental and Outdoor Education (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)

The world extends beyond the school walls. Your teen will experience the outdoors safely and comfortably while discovering how to treat the environment responsibly. Through one course or a sequence of courses, they will become aware of and appreciate all living things, including themselves.


I know what the options are, so which is the best option for me? Your teen will think critically about issues and consider other people when making decisions. They will examine issues in their own life, explore the role of values in ethics and understand that others may have values that differ from their own.

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Grade 8
at a Glance
English Language Arts
Health and Life Skills
Physical Education
Social Studies
Career and Technology Foundations
Environmental and Outdoor Education