Up Where We Belong is the seventeenth episode of Season 8 of Degrassi: The Next Generation. It aired on April 5, 2009 in Canada, and on July 24, 2009 in the United States.


Mia needs to make a choice. To finish school, or her modeling career.

Main Plot

Mia realizes she must choose between school and friends, or modeling. After her breakup with Peter, she knows what she should do, but realizes that she would regret not having an education or a social life. Mia forgets her essays and homework, so her school life begins to crumble. She quits school, much to her friends' dismay, but after thinking about it, she decides to come back.

Sub Plot

Sav's parents want him to study engineering in college. However, Sav is more interested in pursuing a music career, but isn't sure how to get his parents to support him.

Third Plot

Holly J.'s art teacher thinks she doesn't have what it takes to make the grade.

  • This episode is named after the song "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker.
  • Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars makes a guest appearance in this episode as a model who dropped out of school.
  • When Mia's mom was naming off the things Mia wanted to be when she grows up, one of them was "vampire slayer", which could have hinted that Nina Dobrev was leaving the show to be on The Vampire Diaries.
  • The originally planned title for this episode was Express Yourself.

  • Holly J.: "You can't punish someone for producing something from a textbook. This is school!"

  • "Google My Own Name" by Stüdz
  • "Baby, What's Your Sound?" by Beats For Beginners
  • "Waltz Of The Flowers" by Jim McGrath
  • "Re: Model" by Dances With Voices
  • "60 Seconds" by Tamara Miller