8th Grade

An eighth grade girl sands a chair leg in wood shop as she chats to another student

Eighth graders are able to take the initiative to meet personal and group goals. They better understand who they are becoming as learners.

Eighth graders can better communicate their feelings and emotions, while regulating them at an appropriate developmental level. They have a greater appreciation for their ability to plan, envision, and execute a complex project.

One of the themes of the eighth grade is: What do I need to know to thrive independently? Students practice a variety of life skills, including cooking basics, and explore Portland using mass transit. Eighth-grade students are able to go on one of three Global Education trips, and the year culminates with a capstone project and graduation.