Students see an example of learning from mistakes and fostering true friendship reading Anne of Green Gables and get swept into adventure reading The Wandering of Odysseus. Their study of ancient civilizations, enhanced by memorizing the poetry of Shakespeare, Shelley, and Macaulay, lays the foundation for their understanding of free institutions. Students begin their three-year immersive experience in choral or instrumental music, thereby fostering collaboration and a spirit of service. They improve who they are as students, developing a growth mindset in their study skills class.
In Literature discussions, students must support their opinions with evidence from the text, while also learning to disagree with classmates respectfully. A cherished milestone of seventh grade American History is the “Most Courageous American” contest, where students read and discuss the virtues of men and women throughout our nation’s history, advancing them along a bracket “March Madness” style. Their Life Science course, along with STEM and Technology, engage students mentally and physically in laboratory work and scientific inquiry.
8th grade reads several coming-of-age novels in English class, including To Kill a Mockingbird and The Chosen, and consider essential questions such as “How should we react to evil in the world?” and “How are our characters shaped by family, friends, and experiences?” In history class, the “Most Courageous American” tournament continues. At the end of the year, 7th and 8th grade students debate the merits of their “most courageous American” in front of the entire school, practicing their public speaking and honing their ability to make persuasive, logical arguments.