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Jojori asks:
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Should Fourth Grade be included in the middle school setting for a Grade span of grades 4 - 8?

In Topics: Cognitive development, Self esteem and identity, Children and stress
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
Jul 1, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

I would have to answer NO to this.  I feel that for many even sixth grade is too young to be considered "middle school age".  The difference in emotional maturity is too much a leap, in my opinion.

Hope this helps.

Louise S.

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kat_eden
kat_eden , Parent writes:
Hi Jejori,

I personally think 4th grade is really young for middle school. Unfortunately, as school districts are figuring out how to make do with their increased enrollment and reduced budgets, they may feel the only choice is to move 4th graders out of elementary school and into middle school.

If you have a 4th grader going to middle school, I'd make sure you spend time with the principal and teacher to understand how much time they'll spend with the older kids and what kind of supervision they'll have when they're together. 8th graders are talking about things that 4th graders shouldn't be exposed to!

It will also be important to talk to your 4th grader about the older kids and how to handle them.

Good luck!
> 60 days ago

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Loddie1
Loddie1 , Parent writes:
I feel like this is not the best set up. Grades 7 and 8 should really be in their own school and this is normally defined as middle school. Grade 1-6 is generally elementary school.
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