27. Middle Schools in the U.S.
Once a child finishes 5th or 6th grade
elementary school, they graduate and go on to
school or junior high school. This school is
separate building or set of buildings. Most students
middle school are between the ages of 10
14. The grade system continues in middle school.
school usually starts with 6th or 7th grade
ends with 8th grade. While they are less
, some elementary schools go from kindergarten to 8th
Most students are assigned a middle school based
where they live. However, there are charter, private,
specialized public middle schools that have an application
. The purpose of middle school is to provide
transition period between elementary school and high school.
school prepares students for high school life. In
school students don't stay in one classroom all
with one teacher. Students change classrooms for different
and have different teachers for each subject. In
school some students may even be able to
some of their own classes, called electives. There
a set of core classes that all students
to take. These include English, math, science, and
studies or history classes. Gym or physical education
are also required.
A common feature of middle
is a homeroom, which is a classroom students
at a scheduled time once a day or
a week. A homeroom teacher takes attendance and
announcements of things students need to know. The
also helps students feel like there is one
place and one common teacher they see regularly.
is to help with the transition from elementary
to secondary school. Once a student finishes middle
, they have a graduation ceremony and go to
high school assigned to them or a high