What is Middle School?
Middle school is a comparatively recently development in the history of education in the United States. The boundaries of middle school are vague and models vary from district to district. However, the overarching goal of middle school is universal: to bridge the gap between elementary and high school, and ease the transition of young students into adolescence. Not all school districts have middle schools in fact, of the over 97,000 public schools in the country, only around 13,100 are middle schools. Some school districts structure their elementary schools to go through the eighth grade and very few have high schools that begin in sixth or seventh grade. However, the Association for Middle Level Education has researched the benefit of having these “middle grades” separated to ease the transition to high school. Middle schools most commonly consist of sixth, seventh and eighth grades and combine elements from both elementary school and high school. In middle school, teachers of different academic subjects often work as a team with the same group of students. Each teacher instructs on their own subject, though there is close interaction between teachers to foster a sense of community and togetherness.