Sixth grade marks the dawn of adolescence, a time when intellectual consciousness takes root and the student’s feeling perception advances into the world of ideas. Students are encouraged to think independently as their capacities for critical analysis and objective judgment are cultivated.
A widening curriculum meets and fosters developing capacities for critical analysis and objective judgment. Emerging academic interests – including independent study, ancient history, business math, astronomy and physics – serve as harbingers for future college studies.
As an adolescent, the seventh grader is guided thoughtfully through their inherent need to question and challenge the world around them. Students seek to assert their independence and find their places among their peers in the context of a safe and supportive environment.
From history to math, science and art, the Renaissance thematically underlies the Grade 7 curriculum. Humanist ideals of truth, beauty and balance offer a healthy counterpoint for the young adolescents tendency for cynicism.
The eighth grader’s school journey thus far can be compared to the musical movement of notes through the scale, and stands as its own foundation for the next step forward into High School.
Using the octave as metaphor, the Grade 8 curriculum references all that has come before while providing the foundation for the next step forward. This year appropriately involves aspects of Revolution—through history, science and literature—along with a continuing emphasis on reading and writing in English and Spanish.