Franklin County Public Schools offer two science courses in grade 8, depending on SOL test results and prior science experience. Students in science classes will use instructional activities, laboratory experiments, and appropriate technology to master the standards for science in Virginia. Students will also participate in ecological and environmental activities to enrich their education in science.
- Physical Science 8: Eighth grade science, Physical Science 8, is the study of physics (heat, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism) and chemistry (the atom, periodic table of elements, compounds, mixtures, formula writing, and balancing equations). This course provides the foundation for high school chemistry and physics. At the end of the semester, students will take the Standards of Learning test in Science 6-8. This SOL covers content from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science.
- Pre-Advanced Placement Science 8: Pre-AP Physical Science 8 incorporates the curriculum of the Science 8 class offered to all eighth grade students. The pace and scope of the class is enhanced to meet the needs of the advanced student and to provide a foundation for students to apply for the AP science offerings in high school. Students will have a minimum grade of a "B" in seventh grade science. Students and parents will sign a contract prior to enrollment indicating a commitment to maintain an acceptable grade and complete extensive reading and writing assignments. Interested students will complete an application and go through a selection process. At the end of the semester, students will take the Standards of Learning test in Science 6-8. This SOL covers content from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science.