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TREE Academy

8628 Holloway Drive

West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Tel: 424.204.5165

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8th Grade Science

The purpose of this course is to help students understand real world phenomena in relation to the physical sciences such as chemistry and physics in order to prepare them for further studies of science in high school. Students will experience an introduction to chemistry by exploring topics such as atoms, molecules, atomic theory, laws of conservation, mixtures, chemical reactions, the pH scale, and acids and bases. Students will also experience an introduction to physics by exploring topics such as the different types of forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, interactions between forces, the nature of energy, laws of conservation, waves, and electromagnetic radiation.

8th Grade Humanities (English & History)

This course is designed for students to engage in teacher-assigned readings as well as independent, self-selected readings; to read for pleasure, meaning, and thematic analysis in literature; to make associations and connections between literature and historical concepts; to learn to analyze different types of selections (short stories, novels, primary source documents, biographies, informational literature, and other non-fiction); to increase vocabulary skills; and to be able to evaluate information from a variety of sources and media. Most weeks students will write persuasive compositions where they support their claims with evidence. Students also practice the skills of summarizing, responding to literature, writing research reports, and other skills related to their journey towards becoming prepared for high school. The aforementioned skills will be taught through investigating how the U.S. began, expanded, went to war with itself, and then recovered from that war. Each week students will investigate a guiding question. For example: “What were the consequences of the Indian Removal Act?”, or “Was slavery the primary cause of the Civil War?” While each week’s question will be different, all of our investigations — our entire study — is guided by a larger question: Whose story are we telling? This is question enables us to look at history as both truth and fiction, and power as both privilege and oppression.

 

8th Grade Math

Math Explorations builds on knowledge from experience and prior understanding of basic math skills, number sense & operations, using formulas, and problem solving. They will demonstrate fluency with the four operations without a calculator. Students develop an understanding of ratio, proportion, and percent, examine the order and absolute value of rational numbers, plot points on a coordinate plane. They will be able to write equations and expressions to describe a given situation. The students will also be studying probability and statistics where they will learn how to analyze and interpret graphs and data. Conversion of measurement units, find area, volume and surface area in geometry. Algebra preparation and problem solving skills will continue throughout the year.

8th Grade Spanish Beginners 
In our classroom, we will do a variety of activities and exercises, which include talking in Spanish, practicing pronunciation and grammar, and interacting in Spanish with classmates in pairs and small groups. Much of the class is conducted in Spanish in order to offer as much exposure to the language as possible, but English is used when necessary to offer clarity and efficiency. In this course we deal with all basic language skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammar is studied not so that you can recite grammar rules, but rather so that you gain an understanding of how the language works. You must speak in order to learn to speak. Some students may feel inhibited about making mistakes in front of others. We will work together to make the class atmosphere as tension-free as possible. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different cultural aspects related to the Spanish language from various countries around the Spanish-speaking world. Students should expect to participate daily in class activities. Be prepared to move, act silly and have fun exploring another language and culture.

 

8th Grade Spanish 1
Students will be exposed to the State of California Foreign Language Framework, Spanish I or Spanish II according to their knowledge, not according to their grade nor their age to ensure proper placement for learning.

California’s rich linguistic and cultural tapestry is tied with its Hispanic background. The State of California sets forth a uniform vision of what students should know and be able to do at the High School level in World Languages. The standards were developed to accommodate all languages and identify the various stages of acquiring linguistic and cultural proficiency. They provide an organizing principle to ensure the continuous development of student proficiency.

 

In class we use the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course is a blend of language learning presented in class and online through Doulingo and Kahoot. Students will be exposed to common expressions, greetings, and grammatical structures. They will ask and answer guided questions and are encouraged to make up their own questions and answers in class and on the homework. Active participation is essential for success in this course. The group class meets twice a week, new vocabulary is introduced during the group meeting and reviewed, practiced and/or advanced during one-on-one tutoring.


In Spanish I, we will review basic grammar consisting of: How to form Plurals, Agreement with gender and number of Articles, Nouns, and Adjectives, How to form negative statement and negative questions with verbs. We will review the Subject Pronouns, Conjugation of Regular Verbs, lecture comprehension and sentence writing in the Present Indicative.
 

We will learn Question Words, the possessive adjectives, some Irregular Verbs in the Present Indicative, such as Ser, Estar, Ir. We will learn Stem-Changing Verbs Querer and Tener. We will learn the Direct Object Pronoun, the Indirect Object Pronoun, and the Verb Form ‘Me gusta”. Students will read aloud in class and answer questions after short lectures. They will write sentences and short paragraphs on their own. They will be exposed to cultural knowledge and the Hispanic background of California.

 

8th Grade Spanish II
Students will be exposed to the State of California Foreign Language Framework and placed on Spanish I or Spanish II according to their knowledge.

California’s rich linguistic and cultural tapestry is tied with its Hispanic background. The State of California sets forth a uniform vision of what students should know and be able to do at the High School level in World Languages. The standards were developed to accommodate all languages and identify the various stages of acquiring linguistic and cultural proficiency. They provide an organizing principle to ensure the continuous development of student proficiency. Spanish language prepares students for employment and enables them to compete in the worldwide marketplace in the future.

 

In Spanish II, we will review writing sentences with Regular Verbs in the Present Indicative, Construction of descriptive sentences using “es/son”, and writing sentences in the Present Participle/Gerund. We will learn some Irregular Verbs, such as Ser, Estar, Ir. We will learn Stem-Changing Verbs Querer and Tener. We will learn the Direct Object Pronoun, the Indirect Object Pronoun, and the Verb Form ‘Me Gusta”. We will learn the Preterite and the Imperfect of Regular Verbs. In our class we focus on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course is a blend of language learning presented in class and practice online through Doulingo and Kahoot. Students will ask and answer guided questions as well as made up their own questions and answers in class and on the homework. Active participation is essential for success in this course. The group class meets twice a week, new vocabulary is introduced during this group meeting. It is reviewed, practiced and/or advanced during one-on-one tutoring.

Students in Spanish II shall be familiar with phrases, grammar patterns, and identify parts of speech such as Nouns, Adjectives, Subject Pronouns, Verbs, Conjugations, Adverbs, etc. In cultural awareness, they will learn some early California History that relates to the Hispanic Culture such as the colonization of California by the Spaniards, California becoming part of Mexico, the discovery of gold, the purchase of California by the USA, and the becoming of California as a State.

 

8th Grade Study Skills
Study Skills is a course designed to facilitate the executive functioning abilities needed to become an active learner. It does not focus on any particular academic subject, rather the concept and act of learning. This course will facilitate the growth of necessary confidence, organization, advocacy and self-awareness for students to succeed. It takes a whole-person approach to learning, not focusing on any one particular area of difficulty, but the whole learner. This course will be a foundation for their entire learning environment, providing reflection, inspiration, stability and a source of control over their education.

 

Goals: Balance, Organization & Advocacy. Establish and maintain customized organizational, time management, studying and advocacy skills for each TREE participant. Own their relationship to learning. Homeroom & Accountability. Students will have a reliable schedule to check in on organizational, planning, and development of various school projects/courses. Practical skills building for deeper level learning ex: presentations, essay construction, note taking etc. Future Planning. Create a home for college and career research, personal/professional development and exam/application preparation. The teacher will enrich student interest through strategic planning of Passion Projects.

8th Inner Peace (Meditation)
Based on the forthcoming book by Venerable Burin, the inner peace curriculum explores how we can bring more equilibrium, calmness and mental focus to our everyday lives through the art and techniques of meditation based on age or principles.

 

8th Grade Learning Lab

“It’s more than just a quiet room for independent work. In many ways,
it’s the heartbeat of what we’re doing at TREE.” - Director of School, Darryl Sollerh

The Learning Lab is where the nexus of learning occurs. Students are taking what they’re exposed to in the classroom and putting that into practice. In addition to being a space for academic practice & guidance, the Learning Lab gives staff the opportunity to observe and learn how our students are absorbing and processing what is being taught in the classroom. As TREE strives to serve the whole student, the Learning Lab is where our community learns to thrive together.

 

8th Grade Life Skills
The Life Skills course is designed to assist students in growing and deepening their capacity to build relationships and community. An integral part of this process is to further curiosity and challenge the assumptions we hold about ourselves and others, in order to become better able to understand and value differing perspectives.

Most conflict, whether interpersonal or cultural, arises when we assume that others hold a perspective that is antagonistic to our own. By better understanding our assumptions and biases, and by being curious about other stories and motives, we are better able to communicate with kindness and empathy.

 

Encouraging kind, empathic communication is the foundation of this course, and topics of discussion will include issues that arise in adolescence such as bullying, isolation, online safety, temptation and experimentation (drugs) and friendship, all with an underlying theme of personal safety.

Larger themes of social and cultural relevance will be explored as well, and I envision conversations about power and oppression, race and privilege, cultural diversity, gender equality, and poverty to name a few. Given the nature of our current political and social landscape, I intend to remain flexible in order to give space for conversations that arise in response to current events.

There will be, as well, a psychoeducational component to the class. General topics that I plan to cover are sexuality, gender, and sexual health and hygiene.

Additionally, some simple education about the connection between our nervous system and our bodies and emotional experiences will be presented as I introduce some simple skills for self-regulation and overall wellness.

 

8th Grade Humanities
This course is designed for students to engage in teacher-assigned readings as well as independent, self-selected readings; to read for pleasure, meaning, and thematic analysis in literature; to make associations and connections between literature and historical concepts; to learn to analyze different types of selections (short stories, novels, primary source documents, biographies, informational literature, and other non-fiction); to increase vocabulary skills; and to be able to evaluate information from a variety of sources and media. Most weeks students will write persuasive compositions where they support their claims with evidence. Students also practice the skills of summarizing, responding to literature, writing research reports, and other skills related to their journey towards becoming prepared for high school. The aforementioned skills will be taught through investigating how the U.S. began, expanded, went to war with itself, and then recovered from that war. Each week students will investigate a guiding question. For example: “What were the consequences of the Indian Removal Act?”, or “Was slavery the primary cause of the Civil War?” While each week’s question will be different, all of our investigations — our entire study — is guided by a larger question: Whose story are we telling? This is question enables us to look at history as both truth and fiction, and power as both privilege and oppression.

 

College Ready Graduates

In addition to SAT prep, we offer a full complement of college-preparatory classes in English, History, Mathematics, Sciences and Foreign Language, with an emphasis on engaging rhetoric and composition. Our Common Core standards, project-based approach creates opportunities for students to gain insights and understanding of the ideas, discoveries, and movements that have shaped our world. Our programs meet or exceed all UC A through G requirements.

 

The Arts

Arts and music are critically important. Our students’ passions are not only supported but enthusiastically encouraged. Our programs provide enriched exposure to the arts, including a well-rounded music program, drama and spoken word intensives, graphic design and dance. Our flexible scheduling also allows students to focus on courses relevant to their needs, freeing up time to pursue their dreams.

 

New Technology

Our unique programs include project-based challenges in design thinking, employing interdisciplinary principles of math, engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, robotics and graphic arts to equip students with skills in the new frontiers of science and cutting-edge technologies.