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Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

soon to be alum

Our eighth grade students spend their final year at Presbyterian School preparing to share their personal experiences and passions with the greater Houston community and the world beyond. A daily balance of leading others and depending on the guidance of those around them serves as the essential skill to hone and master. Based on authenticity of self and respect for others, our curriculum explores the way in which our culture presents itself through people of integrity and energetic focus. From the character analysis of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird to the confidence required to design and report on their own scientific experiments in Integrated Physics & Chemistry, our students own their learning and stand as models for those they encounter in the future.

About our Advisory Program

We prioritize intentional community building through a custom-built advisory system, assemblies, and school trips. In advisory, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who is their go-to adult in the building for both navigating triumphs and addressing challenges throughout the school year. This nurturing environment extends beyond individual advisories, as students and faculty come together bi-weekly for assemblies to reflect on core values, celebrate growth, and showcase talents. The advisory experience is enriched with lessons from our school counselor, focusing on navigating the complexities of the school year. Activities like community circles, festive door decorating competitions, and reflective exercises around conference times foster a deeper sense of community and personal development. Through these initiatives, we create a cohesive, supportive atmosphere where our goal is for every student to feel valued and connected.

Colorado Class Trip

The eighth-grade trip is the culminating outing for our middle school students. This trip has been refined over the decades and stands as one of the most lasting experiences students point to for their time at Presbyterian School. Students spend seven days and six nights in the Collegiate Peaks of Colorado. While there, bonds are strengthened, new ones are created, and we worship and grow closer to God amid his incredible creation.

We utilize the gold standard of Christian outfitters, Noah’s Ark, to guide students on the river and into the backcountry. With a pack on their back, and their classmates next to them, this trip aims to promote the theme of gratitude; gratitude for each member of the class that you go through the experience with, gratitude for all the bounty God has already given, and gratitude for the gift of challenge by which we can stretch and grow by rising to the occasion. After two nights at base camp acclimating to the altitude, we spend three days and two nights on trail. We then put a final exclamation point on the experience with a night at Silvercliff Lodge for a hot meal, a hot shower, and time to reflect on the experience. Although comfort levels with nature might vary going into the experience, what awaits them on the other side is a truly memorable adventure that is the perfect way to launch a memorable year. 

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Navigating the River
Facing New Obstacles
Humbling Reflection
Summiting My Mountain
Relying on My Team
Hitting the Trail