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What is the difference between elementary school and middle school?

I personally thought that both schools are the same, just that in middle school the work is a bit tough. Many different students have different answers and would make me happy to hear a few answers. #graduate-school #college-student #student-affairs

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Bryant’s Answer

Hi Lucero, good question!


Elementary school in the US often refers to grades Kindergarten through 5th grade (Although some areas include 6th grade as elementary). In Elementary school, students generally have one teacher that teaches most if not all of the subjects. Students report to the same classroom and teacher every day. So for example, 3rd grade students have one teacher that teaches them Math, Science, Social Studies, and English all in one classroom.


Generally speaking, Middle School is often grades 6th,7th, and 8th in which students begin to prepare for their transition to high school (grades 9th-12th). In middle school, students frequently have different teachers for different subjects. For example, a student would have a different teacher for Science, English, Math, and Social Studies. Students also have to switch classrooms to go to their next class/teacher. Again, middle school is transitioning students to be more high school prepared.


These are just general descriptions and in many states you can find exceptions to these norms. I know that more elementary schools are beginning to incorporate different teachers that students visit in the day for subjects like Music and Computer Skills.


Hope this helps!

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Kruti’s Answer

Primary or elementary education ranges from grade 1 to grades 4-7, depending on state and school district policy. Middle schools serve pre-adolescent and young adolescent students between grades 5 and 9, with most in the grade 6-8 range.
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Janet’s Answer

Hi Lucero, you are correct it is a bit more involved when you make that transition from Elementary to Middle school. Some factors to keep in mind is you will switch classes during the day unlike Elementary school you are in one class pretty much the entire day. Some schools have lockers some don't offer lockers not sure if your Middle School will offer them. The days are about the same my daughter is in middle school currently and she starts at 8:30am and lets out at 3:15pm. The classes will be more involved and get a little harder as time goes on. I think you will do great. Get involved in different school clubs and perhaps sports and you will make friends along the way. Good Luck!
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