Phoenix Pride

8th Grade Program



Eighth graders are unique in their capabilities and capacities as they approach the end of middle school. Eighth grade teachers have high expectations and a vision for what this year can bring. We know that students who invest the most in this school year will gain the most from it.

Eighth graders continue their educational journey in a culminating school year that broadens their view of the world. In Science, they enhance their analytical skills through laboratory investigations that require the use of the scientific method. Ultimately, they develop a deeper understanding of cause and effect within their living environment and learn to search for reliable methodologies. This heightened awareness is further developed in Social Studies, where students begin to view the world with a greater sense of citizenship and responsibility to our society. Mathematics focuses on critical thinking skills to prepare students for success in high school and everyday life. In Language Arts, students take reading and writing to new levels of creative prose and layered understanding through novels, fostering more mature, critical thought and connections to our society’s classic works. Combined with the plentiful elective options, sports, sponsored clubs, mental health supports, and a compassionate administrative team, you can see a great school year taking shape.

Students benefit from the integration of WIN (What I Need) time in everyone's schedules. WIN provides students with unique opportunities to deepen their knowledge in various contexts. Most importantly, it ensures that students achieve their goals in literacy and numeracy. Eighth grade teachers bridge the gap to high school, testing students' abilities to be adaptive and responsive to their academic endeavors.


Leadership opportunities for eighth graders encompass a diverse range of activities, offering avenues for personal growth and community impact. Participating in programs like WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) allows students to mentor incoming peers, fostering a supportive environment within the school. Tech theater provides hands-on experience in production and organization, honing leadership skills through collaboration and creativity. Serving as buddies for younger students or joining the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) instills values of service and academic excellence, while initiatives like Give Next empower students to make a difference through philanthropy and community engagement. Lastly, involvement in our Bridges program gives at-risk students specialized education and resources to aid in their success starting in eighth grade, and continues with support throughout students’ time at Fort Collins High School. 

All of these opportunities not only cultivate leadership skills but also foster empathy, teamwork, and responsibility, preparing eighth graders for success in high school and beyond. To view leadership opportunities, visit our Leadership Academy web page.


PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.