A Typical Eighth Grader

Physical
  • Kids this age have high physical energy.
  • Skin problems are emerging; hygiene is a key issue.
  • Girls: Reach 95 percent of mature height;
  • Boys: Voice change for many; growth spurt about a year behind girls

Social
  • Neatness is a key issue with personal appearance, but not with personal environment.
  • The mirror is their best friend and worst enemy.
  • Kids this age are often quieter than 12- or 14-year-olds.
  • Their feelings are easily hurt and they can easily hurt other's feelings.
  • Kids this age are often mean when they're scared.
  • Close friendships are often more important to girls.
  • Boys hang out in groups.
  • Telephone, computer, video games, and other electronic diversions are a major time factor.
  • Music is becoming a major preoccupation.
  • Peer pressure increases regarding dress, language, music, in-out, being cool.
  • Kids this age worry about school work.
  • Their humor is highlighted by increasing sarcasm.
  • Horseplay and practical jokes are still popular with boys.

Language
  • Kids this age often give one word answers to questions.
  • Peer lingo is important.
  • Their language can be extreme and voices can be loud.
  • Kids this age are often rude.

Cognitive
  • An eighth-grader's withdrawn and sensitive nature protects her developing self-concept and intellectual ideas that are not yet fully formed.
  • Abstract reasoning and "formal operations" begin to come into play in some 13-year-olds.
  • Kids this age take a tentative approach to difficult intellectual tasks; they're not willing to take big learning risks.
  • Many like to challenge intellectual, as well as social, authority.

Source:
From Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 by Chip Wood, © 1997 by
Northeast Foundation for Children



Transitioning to High School

To help you with high school planning, please find below the monthly timetable of Magellan services:

October
  • Private School deadlines differ from the Wake County School System deadlines. If interested in having
your child attend a private school, please check the website for admission details and deadlines.

January
  • Inform you of magnet opportunities and timelines (contact: Martha Rafferty)

February
  • Direct you to your base school’s open house and procedures for registration (contact: Martha Rafferty)

March
  • Provide CFNC instruction for both parents and students. The College Foundation of NC has a wonderful
website useful in planning the high school course of study in addition to tracking activities, awards, and
accomplishments for college applications. It is also a great tool for researching college
options.

  • Schedule counselors from area high schools to be on hand at Magellan to provide registration
assistance including forms and enrollment materials. (If a counselor from your designated school is not
able to attend, you will be directed to your school guidance office.) (contact: Martha Rafferty)

April
  • Class registration forms and enrollment forms due to your high school counselor.

April/May
  • Arrange “transition” classes for small groups of students. Students will meet with a former Magellan
student who will give tips on transitioning (socially AND academically) successfully to high school.
(contact: Melanie Biddell)

June
  • Provide a drug/alcohol use prevention program (contact: Melanie Biddell)

  • Provide a parent’s “brown bag” lunch for high school discussion/ questions/answers. Kleenex optional!
(contact: Martha Rafferty and Melanie Biddell)