Eighth-Grade Recital Project

The Eighth-Grade Recital Project is a student rite of passage at Nueva. Recital was established more than twenty years ago as an opportunity for students to investigate and learn about a passion of their choosing. Many students continue to pursue their Recital Project's area of interest in high school in the form of Quest. 

Seventh-grade students meet in the spring before their eighth-grade year to begin considering Recital Projects. Students begin their projects at the start of eighth grade and work all year with the goal of completing their projects by Recital Night in April. 

Design Thinking tenets are practiced throughout the project to help students brainstorm and evaluate different options at each stage of the project. Eighth-Grade Recital Projects require students to

  • choose a project area and make a plan
  • recruit and meet with a mentor (an adult who is not their parent) in the field of study
  • write a research paper (1,000 words or more) that structures knowledge of an aspect of the project and/or gives greater context for the project
  • draft a comprehensive project plan with monthly updates (this comprehensive plan teaches students project-management techniques for long-term projects)

Recital Night is a celebratory evening! Student presenters display and perform their projects while fielding questions from parents, family friends, and mentors.

Previous Recital Projects