How to Change the Middle School Experience

Schools in South Florida are figuring out how to change the middle school experience. Middle schools may soon involve career choices and job skills with more electives and less homework. In grades six through eight, students are often least engaged. Many parents and...

Sixth Grade Academies are Supported by Principals

Sixth grade academies are supported by principals in Decatur, Alabama, as they believe that the significant changes after elementary school could be better experienced by giving students an extra year to adapt before joining the middle school student body. “It’s a big...

Easing the Transition to Middle School

In Providence, Rhode Island, teachers and administrators are discovering that easing the transition to middle school encourages skills that help students prepare for high school. At West Broadway Middle School in Providence, Principal Bill Black is becoming a YouTube...

Starting School a Day Early

Incoming sixth graders are finding that starting school a day early has helped the transition to middle school for the 200 incoming students at Central Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa. The incoming class is the largest in recent memory, according to Principal Terry...

The School Where Everybody Belongs

At the school “Where Everybody Belongs,” sixth graders are getting acquainted with their new school at orientation, and finding out it is a “home away from home.” At Moore Middle School, teacher John Martin is leading the “Where Everyone...