Eighth grade at St. Timothy’s School is bittersweet. As the prospect of high school (and departure) looms, our eighth graders connect in new ways, finding opportunities to enjoy St. Timothy’s School for one last year while working to prepare for life over the next four. Pushing out of early adolescence, students are able to grapple with weightier subjects and can develop more nuanced and abstract thinking. All of our eighth grade students take Literature, Math, Science, Writer’s Workshop, History, and a World Language.
Students can choose two elective classes from a group which includes Science Olympiad, Technology, Yearbook, and art electives such as Drama and Art. All eighth grade students take Physical Education.
Eighth grade students continue their social and emotional learning (SEL) in a weekly SEL class. Some conversations focus on value development and decision-making, while others are tied to needs voiced by the students themselves. We also lead our eighth grade students into conversations about outplacement and high school as we look to make the application process work as smoothly as possible.
A three-day trip to Washington, D.C. is the culminating event in the St. Timothy’s middle school experience. Students spend two days in the nation’s capital touring the Smithsonian and the Capitol, among other sites, before stopping at Kings Dominion for a day on the way home. This trip connects well to the eighth grade Literature and History curricula, which look closely – though through different lenses – at our country’s history since Reconstruction.
Our eighth grade students also enjoy a number of dances and other social activities.