Blog: ARE THEY READY FOR HIGH SCHOOL?

What happens to middle school students when they leave a
small class of eighth graders and move on to a big high school?

I am often asked how our students fare when they leave a class of 15-20 students and enter a high school class of 400 students. My answer is simple . . . they do great!! 

Here’s why. . . When students are in a small class, they naturally take on leadership roles. If they want a student council, they run for office; if they want a dance, they participate in planning the dance. Because they have experience with all these leadership roles, it is natural that they embrace leadership roles in high school.  Our students often become involved in student council, band, sports, forensics, and much more at the high school level. 

Our children enter high school self-confident, self-assured, and ready for new challenges! 


Why are students from a K-8 setting better prepared academically for high school?

A strong and challenging academic program is one of the many strengths of our school. Just as our students take on leadership roles in the extra-curricular life of high school, they also lead in academic excellence. 

In a small K-8 setting, students benefit from a great deal of one-on-one attention and close tracking by teachers who have known them for years. Teachers here have the opportunity to meet students where they are academically and challenge them on an individual level!  

A small school also allows for a great deal of parent involvement and easy and frequent communication between parents and teachers. As a result, children have all the support they need for success.  



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