Should 5th grade be in a middle school?

Is 5th grade too young overall to be in a middle school. My daughter's school has grades 5-8 together. Although they have a separate hallway for 5th grade & walk them to & from lunch, they still have the hour earlier school start than elementary, they change classes with multiple teachers. They go by 8 periods & have a tougher grading scale, example:
93-100 is an A instead of 90-100. They also have to use lockers in between classes for everything instead of having a set desk in a classroom. They get a recess but have to run a lap around a football field or play soccer. No playground, jump ropes or hopscotch. They have to abide by middle school strict guidelines & can receive detention, suspension etc.. & the strict dress code policy that should apply to older kids. They also have dances that allow 5-8th graders together. What are everyones thoughts about a 10 yr old 5th grader in middle school??
In Topics: School and Academics, Choosing a school, My child's growth and development
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Sep 24, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Research shows us that girls and boys mature differently at this stage. Girls are often ready but boys are not.  While puberty starts younger in each generation, social maturity does not.  Many schools have grades 5-8 lumped together and it can work if you recognize the difference.  Lockers should not be an issue nor should dress codes, or play grounds (although we would like everyone to have one).  What is important is teacher and administrative acknowledgement that there are differences especially in the beginning of the fifth grade year. Experienced teachers count in these situations.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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