Leading and Learning
Transitioning To Middle School
  • Students had one or two teachers in elementary school. In middle school they will have 6 teachers that all specialize in one content area.  
  • Instead of walking in lines with your teacher to travel to a new class or location in the building, middle schoolers walk themselves during a “passing” period. Teachers and staff members are located throughout the hallways to help direct students or answer any questions students may have. Passing periods are generally 3-4 minutes long and allow just enough time for students to leave one class and travel to the next class.  
  • Instead of having multiple specials each week, students will have 1 or 2 elective classes that usually last one semester (August through December and then January-May). Some middle school electives may be full year classes. 
  • In elementary school, students may have had assigned tables with their classmates in the cafeteria. In middle school, students generally get to choose their own seating with their assigned classmates each day promoting new and ongoing friendships throughout the school year.  
  • In elementary school, restrooms are generally in a pod or close by to the classroom. In middle school, Restrooms are located in each area of the school. Schools each have their own restroom policies that allow for student access and supervision.  
  • For transportation by car, most middle schools allow for students to identify their own vehicle and access it without a car tag. Students who ride bikes, scooters, or skateboards will have a designated place at the school to store and lock their items. 
  • In middle school, families have access to “live” grading through the myStudent platform. Parents can monitor student attendance, tardies, work completion, and grades on a daily basis.