Research on the K-8 Model

Higher Achievement

Research from New York City, our nations largest school district, found that entering a stand-alone middle school causes a sharp drop in student achievement. It is one that students might never recover from.

Better Behavior

Although many U.S. educators embraced the middle school concept during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, some educators refused to jump on the bandwagon. As a result, parents, teachers, and administrators at many schools that remained K–8 discovered anecdotally that their students demonstrated fewer behavioral problems and higher academic achievement than many of the students who enrolled in stand-alone middle schools.

Less Transition: More Stability

Moving from one school to another adversely affects student performance.

Greater Opportunities for Leadership

It is good for younger kids to have older role models in the building every day; it gives them an understanding of the purpose and progression of education . . .  it is good for older kids to be role models and mentors; this arrangement gives them more of a sense of accountability to their younger admirers. Some feel that this configuration lends itself to a more community type atmosphere.