8th Grade

Welcome to 8th grade at Indian River Middle School!

Students in 8th grade take a variety of different courses throughout the school year. Some classes meet every day all year, while some meet every day for half of the year, or even for a quarter of the year. Musical Ensembles such as Chorus, Orchestra and Band as well as Physical Education meet every other day for the entire school year. Below are a list of all the different courses offered in 8th grade!

Core Courses
(Courses meet everyday, all year)
English 8
Social Studies 8
Math 8
Science 8
Foreign Language*: French I, German I, Latin I, Spanish I 

*Transfer students who enter past the first 5 weeks of school will only be placed in a Foreign Language if they were previously enrolled in one at their last school district. 
*If a student's IEP indicates that they are "Language Exempt", they will not be scheduled into a Foreign Language.

 High School Advanced Courses in 8th Grade
***Based on teacher recommendation***
Biology (Living Environment) w/Lab
Biology has a mandatory Biology lab which meets every other day all year.
In order to be eligible for the Biology Regents, you must complete a minimum amount of lab time.
Both courses culminate in a June NYS Regents Examination.

Specials Area Classes
Technology 8
Art 8
Family & Consumer Science 8
Computers 8
Physical Education*
*Students are required to participate in swimming during PE.
Required swimming apparel: one piece swimsuit or swimming trunks that tie.

 Musical Ensembles
(4th period, every other day for 40 weeks)
Chorus, Band, Orchestra
Students in Band and Orchestra are required to take instrumental lessons on a rotating 6 day basis. 

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