The Grade 8 Program at Derby prepares students for the myriad of challenges they will face in secondary school. Each semester, the rigorous curriculum is enriched with both independent and collaborative projects. Weekly opportunities give students the foundation to be effective leaders in a rapidly changing society. Eighth graders frequently run Morning Meetings, tour visiting guests around the campus and organize all-school fundraising events. An exciting variety of arts courses, such as Pottery and Shakespearean Theatre, are offered. During the second semester, eighth graders compose and deliver a formal address to their teachers and peers as part of the public speaking program.

Upper School Curriculum

Grade 8 Highlights

  • Choice of 3 French, Spanish and Latin
  • Electives in Visual, Performance and Applied Arts
  • Upper School Musical
  • Public Speaking Program
  • Global Nomads Program
  • Sargent Center Outdoor Education Trip
  • Graphic Novels Project


List of 8 members.

The best educational choice on the South Shore for Pre-K through Grade 8 education.