One of the major themes of the eighth grade curriculum is active citizenship. In humanities classes, students work on the “Social Justice Project.” Students identify civil and human rights topics in which they are interested, and work in small groups to educate themselves and take action to address the issue. Eighth graders do research and work with professionals in the field, and then organize, document, and share their findings. The project requires students to practice choice, responsibility, citizenship, and leadership.
The first Social Justice Project in 2008 was called the Middle School Day of Learning.