Grade 8

Eighth grade is a multi-dimensional year. The visual art curriculum focuses on sculpture, culminating in a year-end stone carving project. Music electives include handbells, steel pans and world drumming. English class focuses on literature that challenges students to think about identity—their own as well as others’. Laboratory-based classes introduce students to techniques in physical science and chemistry, often involving distilling substances into components or analyzing the building blocks of materials. The U.S. History class, based on primary source documents, engages students in the words and thoughts of a wide variety of people from the 19th and 20th centuries. A three-day trip to Washington, D.C. brings the history alive; students encounter locations, artifacts and landmarks while strengthening bonds of friendship and community with their teachers and classmates.

The sixth grade Festival of the World caps a yearlong study of global cultures, religions and geography. Each student studies a different country, creating a range of informational and artistic projects, including a model of a famous landmark.

Meet Beth Mello

Beth Mello

As interim Head of Middle School, Beth provides educational leadership in Grades 6–9. As Assistant Head of School, she oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.

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