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Are there any school districts that still use the junior high setup (grades 7-9) or do most places have middle schools (grades 6-8) now?

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#1 - January 16, 2012, 08:33 PM
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Most places I've lived have both, including where I currently am.

I think it just depends on the available buildings/classroom space the district has as to how they allocate their grade placement.
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I think the 7-9 concept is pretty much gone .... most of the remaining junior highs I know of have moved the 9th grade into high school. However there are still junior highs that are 7-8, that's how it was where I lived in Oklahoma. They called them junior high and not middle school However, other nearby districts were middle school 6-8.

 
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Are there any school districts that still use the junior high setup (grades 7-9) or do most places have middle schools (grades 6-8) now?

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Aren't those names interchangable? Where I went to school it was 6-8 but it was called the junior high school.

The same district now has K-4 as the elementary school, and 5-8 in what is now called the middle school.
#4 - January 16, 2012, 09:18 PM

The school I graduated from had Jr. High as 7-8 and still does. My kid's school is the same way. High school is 9-12.
#5 - January 16, 2012, 09:34 PM
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When I was growing up, junior high was grades 7-9 and high school was 10-12.  Now, all of the school districts around me have middle schools for grades 6-8 and high schools for 9-12.  I don't know of any place around here (eastern Los Angeles County) that uses the traditional junior high setup.
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I think the names are interchangable (junior high and middle school).  There's also intermediate, which my town has adopted (it was plain old junior high in my day).    :old 
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The school I graduated from had Jr. High as 7-8 and still does. High school is 9-12.

This is true for me too. (This was in northern California, if that matters.)
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In AZ the standard seems to be 7/8 for Jr. High, and 9-12 for High School.... but I went to a charter school (for music) that was 6-12....

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In Japan, its 1-6 elem, 7-9 jr, 10-12 high pretty universally
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Stilll going strong.  We have middle schools (6-7) and junior highs (8-9).  Missouri.
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So in other words, I can do what I want to fit the story.  :typing

Thanks so much, everyone!

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Yep. And I don't think the names are interchangeable. At least that's my perspective from taking education courses in the mid 80's when middle schools became popular. Junior highs work pretty much like high school with a changing of classes all over the building. In middle school there are pods or teams of teachers which teach the academic subjects .. and they are usually located all together. The kids circulate between those rooms and then for electives they go to band, art, where-ever. That's the way it worked when I taught. So the concept and set-up is a bit different .. but things may have changed over the years.
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They call them middle schools here, but it's 7-8 grades.  However, from what I've heard, the 'pod' set-up is what makes them different from the type of school I attended as a kid (ie, the 7th grade teachers teach only 7th graders -- though students who need accelerated math will go to the other part of the school).
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In my area it's 7-8, referred to as middle school, and the class schedule setup is like in high school.
#14 - January 17, 2012, 07:07 AM

I went to a 7th ONLY middle school (6th was elementary), 8-9 Junior High, and 10-12 H.S.  Now I check my old hometown's school website and find they've changed my old junior high to be 6-8 and put 9th in the high school.  Middle school seems to be gone completely (maybe if we don't mention it, we can pretend it didn't happen?). 

Somehow the idea of 6th graders going to school with 8th graders really depresses me.
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In Northern Wisconsin, where I grew up, our Jr. High was 7-8 and still is.
In Southern Maine, where I live now, it seems to be mainly Middle School, 6-8.
#16 - January 17, 2012, 01:59 PM

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My junior high in north Alabama was set up that way. Sixth grade was in elementary, and 7-9th were in a separate school. I think it depends on the school system, the number of schools available for use, and the student population.
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To further the thought that you can do whatever you want  :grin2: , in my Northern Ca town, we have elementary from K-5, Middle School from 6-8, an "Academy" that's only 9th grade (in a separate location, but still considered high school) and the main hs campus is 10-12. They did this mostly for logistics - the high school was overcrowded and we didn't have room for another full high school anywhere in town, but it seems to be working well.
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The county I live in, only my town has a middle school, the two "rural" schools that serve the rest of the county North and South have Jr and Sr High. In town the Middle School is next door to the high school and serves grades 6-8.  In the county schools the Jr. High is also on the same property as the high school and serves grades 7-8. 

I think you can go any way you want with your story because I have looked up several counties in my state and have found that there are no standard names or grades for those in grades 7 and 8.  Sixth grade can be in elementary school or Middle School.  But grades 7 and 8 are either in Middle School or Junior high. 

Obviously I have a couple of characters in 7th grade and wanted to see how many districts did this to see how to write my story to be true to the state I live in and discovered I could do any thing I wanted. bwahaahaa
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I really don't think it matters at all how you present this in a story. The terms "middle school" and "junior high" are interchangable and no reader is going to flip out if the grade set up isn't exactly like thiers.
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Aren't those names interchangable? Where I went to school it was 6-8 but it was called the junior high school.

The same district now has K-4 as the elementary school, and 5-8 in what is now called the middle school.

My daughter is on 7th grade and she's on middle school but people ask her all the time 'are you in junior high?'
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My daughter is on 7th grade and she's on middle school but people ask her all the time 'are you in junior high?'

I'd answer "yes."
#22 - January 17, 2012, 06:43 PM

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I'm in upstate NY, and our district is like CynJay's -- two middle schools for 6-8, one high school for 9th grade, and the main high school for 10-12. Same issue here - space. We really could use another high school, but it's not like that will happen any time soon.
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In the Philadelphia region where I live, most public schools are K-5, 6-8, 9-12, while private schools tend to be K-8 and 9-12.

But I read recently that K-6 and 7-12 schools are the becoming popular. Pretty much any configuration you want for your story would work!
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I'm in upstate NY, and our district is like CynJay's -- two middle schools for 6-8, one high school for 9th grade, and the main high school for 10-12. Same issue here - space. We really could use another high school, but it's not like that will happen any time soon.

My elementary school was K-5, but they were short on space and had a drafty trailer tacked onto the back of it. When they built the new middle school, they moved the 5th grade to the new building, making it 5-8.
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In California we have middle school (7-8) high school (9-12).
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Around Memphis, the public schools have middle school (7-8) and high school (9-12), but a lot of the private schools have Jr. High (7-9) and Sr. High (10-12).
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