Grade 8 Experience

One of Shawnigan’s uniquely differentiating features is our carefully crafted Grade 8 experience. For our 12- and 13-year-old Grade 8 students, we have developed a nurturing program that acts as a supportive springboard into the wider Shawnigan community.
Rather than being immersed in a “big House” from the get-go, our Grade 8s begin their Shawnigan journey in the specially-designed Grade 8 Houses with their peers: Stanton for the girls and Levien for the boys. Stanton House and Levien House, each run by a caring team of dedicated House staff, work in tandem to foster a safe co-ed grade culture characterized by close friendships that will shape and support the students’ onward journey at Shawnigan.
As part of the Shawnigan Journey, each grade experience is guided by a single overall concept that is linked to our core values of curiosity, compassion, community and courage. These guiding concepts have been further developed into concrete grade-specific goals—our distinctive “moments that matter”—that fall under each of our three strategic pillars of Academic Excellence, Co-curricular Distinction and Student Life Unparalleled.

Academic Excellence: Grade 8 lays the foundation for independent learning, with a focus on connecting students to the place and culture of Vancouver Island alongside the development of creative inquiry, sustainable study habits, and compassionate service.

Co-curricular Distinction: Introductory OuterEDGE programming immerses Grade 8s in the beautiful wilderness of Vancouver Island, while regular on-campus “try-it” sessions and early Ski Week experiences expand horizons and provide steady integration into the wider School community

Student Life Unparalleled: Dedicated “Great 8” class and Grade 8 House communities create grade-specific bonding opportunities that nurture tolerance and embody diversity, belonging and inclusivity.
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.