1. What is a K-8 School?

  • A school campus where students progress from kindergarten through eighth grade together and a sense of family and continuity are created over nine years
  • A school that offers developmentally appropriate, thematic-based and rigorous curriculum and instruction at each grade level
  • A school offering continuity of curriculum, thematic strands, specialized instruction and opportunities for expanded growth. It is not just an extension of two more grades in the elementary school

2. What do research evaluations and studies show?

  • Grade Configuration: Many options are available; students report greatest personal satisfaction in the K-8 setting
  • Philadelphia Schools Study: K-8 student achievement was higher when data was controlled for socio-economics, school size, and ethnicity
  • Increased Achievement: Students at each grade level achieve higher levels of academic growth over time
  • Parental Involvement: Higher levels of involvement maintained in K-8 environment
  • Transitions: K-8 models eliminate one transition and student achievement levels do not drop as is typically seen during transition years

3. What ways might elementary students benefit from a K-8 School?

  • Parental involvement increased throughout the years
  • Positive opportunities for elementary aged students such as K-8 arts focus or a school-wide production
  • Students have long-term relationships with school and teachers
  • Students experience less anxiety about entering middle grades
  • Attending school with older siblings creates confidence
  • Expanded grade level range gives opportunities for accelerated learning
  • Assistance from middle level cross-age tutors and mentors

4. How do middle school students benefit from a K-8 School?

  • Families develop strong and continuous connections to the school over 9 years together
  • Best practices for the middle level are often better implemented in a K-8 setting
  • Learning is strengthened because teachers collaborate more closely together
  • Older students can mentor younger students. As a result, older students develop leadership skills and responsibility, and experience the value of helping others.
  • Students have a seamless transition between their primary, intermediate, and middle grade programs
  • Students are less likely to “fall through the cracks” as numerous adults know each student well, thereby increasing student advocacy
  • Students are sheltered during vulnerable pre-adolescent years when they may not be ready for the transition to a different setting

5. Will my child miss out on the electives offered at traditional middle schools?

Middle school students who chose to attend a K-8 Schools will be offered foreign language, music, art, band, physical education, gifted and exceptional students programs, special education resources and enrichment classes. The design of the school day and the how electives and services are structured will be determined by the school community and state core curriculum guidelines.

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