Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
This is an interesting debate and one gaining popularity in an age of declining enrollment and rejected school budgets..

Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang, grappling with a sharp enrollment decline in the middle grades, is floating the idea of creating a system of elementary schools that end at grade 6 and high schools that start at grade 7, a move that could radically alter the fabric of most schools across the city. Chang said the new configurations could boost the quality of education for seventh- and eighth-graders by concentrating support services in fewer schools.

The idea being considered would try to streamline a school system with more than 20 grade configurations into a system of schools that is predominantly K-6 and 7-12. In many instances, K-8 schools would become K-6s, while elementary schools, which now end in fifth grade, would add a sixth grade. High schools, meanwhile would add seventh and eighth graders to their mix.

In just the last 10 years, charter schools have added nearly 2,000 seats in grades 6, 7, and 8, according to a Globe analysis of state enrollment figures. During that same time, middle-grade enrollment in the city’s school system has dropped by about the same number. Now, students in the city school system are spread so thin that many middle schools have a fraction of the students they once educated, and many K-8s, even popular ones like the Hurley and Mission Hill, are struggling to fill their seats, raising concerns about possible school closings.

Can see both pros and cons in this scenario. Not sure a lot of parents of 7th graders would want them in the same environment as 12th graders but on the other hand more potential options as far as AP classes and more choices could be a positive.

Boston superintendent ponders making high schools grades 7 to 12 - The Boston Globe
Interesting topic/conversation.

In the end it boils down to 12 years of school. That can be blocked/sliced/diced a variety of ways. With some positives and negatives associated to each option.

Am thinking this is where "standards" can be inherently problematic and should probably be avoided. Education should be addressed locally with whatever works best in that particular environment. Urban vs suburban vs rural are going to have different environmental variables. Cultural, financial, infrastructure, transportation, weather, etc.

Local communities should have the authority and support for organizing which ever way best suits their needs.