Eighth Grade is an action-packed and productive year at All Saints. Students start the year with getting right down to the important work of creating a Digital Portfolio to be used as part of their application to high school. Teachers work with students and families as they search for the high school that is the “right fit.” The Chat'n'Nibble program reviews the responsibilities of the students with regard to the process and helps them stay in the drivers seat. As their work continues to grow in length and depth, the greatest change from Seventh to Eighth Grade is in the amount of independence that is given to the students to develop their ideas and to organize their thoughts.
A highlight of the year is a student exchange program in which students from Ecuador visit our school and the New York City area for 10 days, followed by our visit to Ecuador for 10 days in the spring. Of course, the end of the year is bittersweet for all, as students celebrate the end of their Middle School years through the planning and execution of their own graduation ceremony and celebration. Throughout the year, students prepare for this important ceremony by studying rites of passage from around the world and writing their own spiritual autobiographies, a reflection of their time at All Saints and how they will continue to live the school's mission statement.