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8th graders learn social emotional skills

8th Grade at Wye River Upper School

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Shawna Buckley talking with 8th grader, Zoey A. '28
Michael and Wesley work together in their Biology lab!
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After years of research and conversation, Wye River Upper School expanded our offerings to include 8th grade. In September of 2023, WRUS welcomed the first class of middle school students. 

Wye River Upper School's commitment to cultivating the best in our students inspired an 8th grade curriculum that targets the social emotional and executive function skills so necessary for success in high school. 

Situated within our historic Armory building, the middle school students share our main campus with grades 9-12 in an effort to ease transition anxiety to high school.  


Schedule your personal tour and meeting with our admissions office by emailing or calling 410-758-2922.

Project Based Learning
Executive Function
Study Skills
Mental and
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The following beliefs and values guide all of our actions.

1. We believe we can change the lives of our students and their families.

2. We believe our students are individuals with high potential.

3. We believe our role as educators is to empower.

4. We believe our students need a structured but customized program.

5. We believe family support is crucial to successful education.

6. We believe diversity among students and staff is invaluable.

7. We believe building a strong community is the responsibility of all.

8. We believe that we are all stewards of our environment.

Interested in Learning More About Our Admissions Process?

Schedule a one-on-one tour with a member of our team to discuss how Wye River Upper School can meet the needs of your child.  Call Katie Lillard at 443-262-8267 or email to plan your visit.


Rolling  Admission
10 student maximum enrollment
Fast Facts

Read more about tuition and admissions procedures here. 

Like our upper grades, the 8th-grade program prioritizes project-based and experiential learning, executive function coaching, and study skills development. WRUS 8th-graders practice mindfulness and develop habits for improved mental and physical health with our faculty in partnership with the YMCA of Centreville.  Our 8th-grade class works closely with Dr. Amy Littlefield, Wye River Upper School's Learning Specialist, and Mrs. Shawna Buckley, our School Counselor to develop communication skills and self-awareness.


To better prepare our students for success in life, and to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in the 21st Century, Wye River utilizes the “six C’s” as presented by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in 2011. Wye River students will pursue and demonstrate learning that focuses on the following core skills that the 21st Century will demand:

• Creativity • Character  • Critical Thinking • Collaboration • Communication • Cosmopolitanism •  

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