8th Grade Religion:

Eighth Grade Religion seeks to apply the lesson taught in the previous classes at Our Lady of Refuge to the issues of our modern world. The class focuses heavily on Vatican I and Vatican II and the teachings that have come from them. The class also examines the importance and difficulties of ecumenism and delves into a discussion of the meaning of faith. The class ends with a focus on marriage, confirmation, and Catholic teachings on social justice as the Eighth Graders exit Our Lady of Refuge and enter High School.

8th Grade Social Studies:

Eighth Grade Social Studies is dedicated to the history of the United States from the discovery of the Americas by European explorers to the American Civil War. The course focuses heavily on the American Revolution, and creation and debate surrounding the Constitution. The class advances examining the foundation of an American culture and the first waves of immigrants to come to the United States. Following this, the class spends time looking at the separate American identities formed in the different regions of the United States such as the North, Midwest, West, and South. The discussion of American and regional identity leads into the final portion of the class on the debates over slavery, the secession of the South, and outbreak of the Civil War.