Both eighth grade boarding students and day students benefit from challenging courses that enhance essential skills in reading, writing, quantitative reasoning, scientific thought, and world language. The curricula in English, history, and science are standard for all students, while courses in mathematics and world languages require placement tests. By eighth grade, students have internalized fundamental skills and habits such as organization and time management, and they are refining their thinking, speaking, reading, writing, and listening abilities throughout the year in all classes. Students are also focusing on problem solving and design in our Innovation Lab
, with our Creator's Class. Courses in visual and performing arts and a developmentally appropriate wellness class round out students’ schedules. The work of eighth grade allows students to demonstrate academic and personal independence as they prepare for each day. Throughout the year, life skills such as discernment, adaptability, and collaboration help students establish a solid foundation for the coming year.