At ACS we include 8th grade students with our 9th – 12th grade students in our Secondary Department.  We do this so that the 8th graders will have the opportunity both to learn about the necessary requirements for graduation before entering the 9th grade and also to start earning those graduation credits early whenever possible.

Students in the 8th grade will be taught their core subjects through classroom instruction.  They will also take Computer and Spanish I-A classes. Those who are able will take High School classes and earn credits toward graduation.


THe following courses are offered:

English: English 8, English I, II, III, & IV, Etymology*, Word Building, American Literature*

Math: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Business Math*, Math Applications, Functional Math

Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Unified Science, Astronomy (1/2 Credit), Life Science (1/2 Credit), Geology* (1/2 Credit)

Social Studies: Social Studies 8, US History, US Government, World History, World Geography*, The Constitution*, Collectivism* (1/2 Credit), Sociology* (1/2 Credit)                                                         

*Academic Electives

Other electives

Computer: Intro to Programming/Computer Science Principles, Yearbook, Network Basics, Computer Science Discovery

Business: Basic General Business, Business Math

Fine Arts: Speech, Music Theory, Choir, Band, Drama, Art

Psychology: Human Temperament Studies, Inter-Personal Relations

Foreign Language: Spanish I-A, I-B, II, & III

General: Photo-Journalism, Ancient Mythology, New Testament, Child Development

PE: Physical Education, Health


Course Pre-requisites:


Algebra I Pre-Algebra
Algebra II Algebra I & Geometry
Geometry Algebra I
Trigonometry Algebra II & Geometry


English II English I
English III English I & II
English IV English I, II, & III
Chemistry Algebra I & Physical Science
Social Studies None

Students through grade 8 who receive a failing grade in two (2) or more subjects will not be promoted to the next grade.  If a student fails one (1) class, he or she may be permitted to go to the next grade; however, the failed course will have to be repeated along with the regular courses for the next grade.  A student who has failed two (2) or more classes may be enrolled in local summer school classes. If the classes are passed, that student will be promoted to the next grade level. Proper documentation must be provided from the summer school program proving that the student has successfully completed the necessary courses.