Both eighth grade boarding students and day students benefit from challenging courses that develop essential skills in reading, writing, quantitative reasoning, scientific thought, and world language. English, history, and science courses are standard for all eighth graders, while courses in mathematics and world languages require placement tests. Eighth grade students continue to internalize fundamental skills and habits such as organization and time management, and they refine their thinking, speaking, reading, writing, and listening abilities throughout the year in all classes. Students also focus on problem solving and design with our Creator’s Class, a required course that takes place in our Center for Creativity & Design
. Courses in visual and performing arts and wellness class round out students’ schedules. Students have numerous opportunities to develop and demonstrate academic and personal independence throughout the year as they practice essential life skills such as discernment, adaptability, and collaboration.