What Is A K-8 School?

Image: Open QuoteA K-8 School is a school with a continuous grade span that begins with kindergarten or pre-K and ends after the 8th grade in which the upper grade spans are implementing Image: Open Quotemiddle-level best practices."

- David Hough
Editor, Research in Middle Level Education

» What School Teams are Finding Out About K-8's

To learn the basics about K-8 Schools please read these articles and Frequently Asked Questions English | Spanish.

Current Articles

» Image: New ItemRevival of the K-8 School – Criticism of middle schools fuels renewed interest in a school configuration of yesteryear.

» Image: New ItemGrade-Span Configurations – Where 6th and 7th graders are assigned may influence student achievment and this article discusses the history of where middle level students have been served over time.

» Middle School Journal, September 2005 – Middle School Journal issue with many grade configuration articles.

» Still Crazy After All These Years: Grade Configuration and the Education of Young Adolescents – Oct. 2004 keynote addresses warns against a "wholesale conversion" to a K-8 structure, why a 6-8 structure can still be effective, and addresses some of the multiple variables necessary to increase middle school students' proficiency levels.

» The K-8 Bunch – Outcomes in several districts' K-8 Schools include stronger math and reading skills and better student behavior.

» The Efficacy of Philadelphia's K-to-8 Schools Compared to Middle Grades Schools – This article explores early research on K-8 Schools. The intimate K-8 school environment and the avoidance of stressful school transitions until students are developmentally ready for them are shown to improve student outcomes. Positive findings were collected during high school on these K-8 students as well. This is an interesting article with lots to think about.

» Time Magazine – Is Middle School Bad for Kids? – This whole issue of Time magazine from August 8, 2005 has interesting and relevant articles about students in middle school.

» The Rise of the 'Elemiddle' School – Well-balanced view of combining best practices at the elementary and middle level to form schools that will better serve kids from an expert researcher. » More articles from this issue of the School Administrator

» City Districts Embracing K-8 Schools – Education Week article with links to additional middle school related articles.

» Salt Lake Considering K-8 Schools – Deseret News article from October 19, 2005.

» Give K-8 Schools Due Consideration – Oct. 23, 2005 editorial in the Deseret News.