8th grade Curriculum approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education



For science curriculum our 8th graders will use ScienceFusion.   Students will continue to increase the complexity of texts they read and what they write, citing text evidence.  This program is designed for building inquiry, STEM, and optimized for learning in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, a tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs and hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develops important critical-thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace.  The program offers hand-on labs and our school has the former Notre Dame College Science Laboratory which not only includes science materials but a computer lab area for lab reports and access to the digital lessons and virtual lab experiments.  Leveled readers and video-based projects reinforce and enrich key concepts.  It is ONLS aligned and includes STEM integration that develops and supports important critical-thinking skills.


We will continue to use the Big Ideas Math program for 8th grade or instruct students in using VLACs to obtain high school credit.   Big Ideas Math offers a complete curriculum in elementary, middle and high school math.   This program provides the balance of classroom experience and mathematical expertise the Big Ideas Math program authors bring into our classrooms, using textbooks and the computer.  The program also offers both remedial and challenging work on line for students to access at home.  Mr. Ron Larson and Dr. Laurie Boswell are authors of several highly regarded math textbooks and curriculum programs.  Dr. Larson is primarily responsible for the student edition with Dr. Boswell is responsible for the Teaching Edition and Professional Development. In addition, Mount Saint Mary Academy uses NWEA Measures of Academic Progress for screening, progress monitoring, as well as to inform and target instruction.

Humanities:  English/Language Arts & Social Studies:  combining United States History with literacy

English Language Arts (ELA) will focus on four critical areas including level reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Students will read and respond to a variety of literary selections, including novels, drama, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry. Students will write short pieces in the following genres: narratives, expository literary analytic and persuasive essays and speeches.  In addition students will continue to research, cite resources and create formal presentations in a variety of multiple intelligences for deeper learning. Grammar and vocabulary development will be integrated with the literary selections and genre of reading, as to promote authenticity and student ownership.  We also use NWEA Measures of Academic Progress to screen, progress monitor and to inform and target instruction.


For Social studies  our curriculum and religion classes are aligned with with College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Frameworks for Social Studies State Standards. As a small school community we emphasize service to the community and project based learning experiences.  Our students, through our Core Keeper Program and Student Council Program, have multiple opportunities throughout the school year to not only serve MSMA, but assist many non-profits.  As our mission states, “our school instills in its students leadership skills and promotes the values of compassion and reverence for the community and the environment. We are committed to academic excellence and the gospel values of peace and justice.”

Our curriculum also offers classes in Spanish, Technology, Art, Music, Band, and Physical Education.   We have a chapel, art studio, science laboratory, computer/technology room, library, gymnasium/auditorium and stage, cafeteria, and Maker Space.