High School Readiness
The eighth grade is clearly a pivotal year in your child’s life—the culmination of childhood, and the springboard into high school readiness and young adulthood. As such, our eighth-grade curriculum takes students from the past into the present day, with a journey through the history of intellectual achievements in science, math, history and literature.
Throughout the year, eighth graders are recognized as responsible and active citizens of our school community, serving as first grade buddies and volunteering within the school. A highlight of the year is the eighth-grade project, where students propose a subject for exploration, source and work with an independent mentor, and present the results to the school community.
To celebrate your eighth grader’s maturity and self-reliance, the school year ends with an extended wilderness and service trip.
Eighth Grade Teacher
Ms. Pierce joined City of Lakes Waldorf School in 2013 and has been a Waldorf educator for over 25 years, as a class teacher, string ensemble teacher and administrator. Lauri holds a Master of Fine Arts in Music from Southern Illinois University and studied Waldorf education at Rudolf Steiner College, Sunbridge College and Rudolf Steiner Institute. She lived and worked with special needs adults for twelve years at Community Homestead and is proud that all five of her children are Waldorf graduates.