Middle School
Eighth Grade

When our eighth graders return to campus in August, they walk a little taller. It’s clear they’re embracing their new role as leaders of the student body. Even as they begin their high school search, they are taking the lead in classrooms and Chapel, on the field and onstage.

Your child’s academic efforts are building to a crescendo, equipping her for high-school level English, math, science, social studies, and Spanish. As our masterful eighth grade teachers like to say, “All roads lead to Washington.” The pinnacle of the year—and many students would say of their entire ROBS experience—is a trip to our nation’s capital. Not only do students explore some of the most significant sites in American history; they also create lasting memories while learning about leadership, democracy, and sacrifice. Alongside intellectual development, your child is maturing socially and emotionally, too. As graduation nears, he is more confident and compassionate. He knows how to make good choices. He stands ready to help a friend, neighbor, or stranger in need. Our eighth graders are prepared to become leaders wherever they land. They are ready to soar.

 


My most valuable experience at ROBS has been learning how to be a better person by people I look up to such as coaches and teachers.  They have inspired me to work hard, chase my dreams, and be a leader.  I love the way that the teachers not only teach students about their respective subject, but also how to grow in their faith and become disciples of Christ.

Avid Readers & Writers

In eighth grade English, students consider social issues with profound moral implications. Important questions such as “How do relationships shape our character?” and “What is prejudice?” inform conversations and writing assignments throughout the year.

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Master Mathematicians

Eighth grade mathematics at ROBS consists of three course offerings: Algebra IB, Algebra IB Honors, and IMAGe II Honors. Algebra IB and Algebra IB Honors complete a two-year algebra program that began in seventh grade. In both courses, students continue to hone their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills using expressions and...

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Curious Scientists

Laughter and the smell of sawdust drift from the science lab as eighth graders test and tweak their trebuchets, gunning for maximum range. Building catapults is just one of the many hands-on projects your child will experience in Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC). He will make slime and cold packs,...

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Global Citizens

A presidential election. Racial unrest amidst a pandemic. The struggle for voting rights. A historian might be hard-pressed to tell whether headlines about these issues were written this year or a century ago. Understanding American history shapes our ability to be well-informed citizens.

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Buenos Amigos

Our acclaimed Spanish program aims to prepare and inspire our students to become active participants in a global society by connecting, empathizing, and understanding cultures beyond their own. Your child will learn to ask questions about events, places, celebrations, and beliefs.

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Inspired Artists

Students may read about social injustice in history class, but singing, painting, or enacting it on stage can change the way they see the world. The arts serve as a pathway to empathy, creativity, problem-solving, and resiliency. We aim for students to leave ROBS as knowledgeable, literate, and life-long appreciators...

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Spiritual Learners

Max Depree—accomplished author, devout Christian, and distinguished CEO of Hermann Miller—wrote in his tiny jewel of a book, Leadership is an Art, “We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.” Of the many questions our eighth graders contemplate, none is more important than...

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Celebrated Athletes

Participating in sports teaches kids so many important life skills like teamwork, perseverance, and communication. Students experience the direct connection between focused practice and improved results. Studies show that playing a sport even contributes to stronger academic performance. And of course, regular exercise translates into better physical and mental health.

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After-school programming

After-school learning at ROBS includes Prime Time, our extended-day program, as well as a variety of enrichment classes offered until 6:00 p.m. each day for Readiness – Grade 8.

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Enjoy eighth grade at ROBS!