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 Barry Fulton

Barry Fulton
Head of Middle School Barrington "Barry" Fulton Jr. is a dynamic educator who has spent nearly two decades as an independent school teacher and leader. Barry has passion for working with middle school students and a personal warmth that fosters trust and partnership with students, parents and faculty.

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