Transition. Reflection. Seeking friendship. Desiring freedom.
The eighth grade year is truly a bridge to the Upper School. Cognitively, thirteen year olds are likely to challenge intellectual and social authority. What better time to introduce them to the rudiments of Logic? Socially, eighth grade girls long to find 2-3 good friends, and eighth grade boys long to become members of a “pack” of likeminded peers. What better time to offer Middle Grades Senate, leadership on Middle Grades’ athletic teams, and a myriad of social event offerings that provide opportunities to bring the class together? Emotionally, eighth graders often ride the proverbial roller coaster. What better time to provide them with an adult mentor in their gender-based advisory group, or ground them in the truths of God’s word through a Biblically-based character education program? Throughout every step of a Middle Grades student’s journey, great intentionality undergirds the curriculum chosen, the teaching approach taken, and the caring atmosphere developed.