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June 4, 2019
Where do NYC’s top-scoring middle schoolers go to high school? Hint — it’s not just the specialized high schools.
Beyond the three big specialized high schools, the schools where high-performing students enroll vary.
April 25, 2019
Lab Middle School experiences admissions snafu, weeks after high school problems
Fifty-one students were wrongly told they didn’t receive spots at Lab Middle School in Manhattan, officials revealed two weeks after a similar error occurred…
By the numbers
April 15, 2019
Two NYC districts embarked on middle school integration plans. Early results show they may be making a difference.
Preliminary results show potential for dramatic changes both at popular schools and those that have flown under the radar of more affluent, white families.
August 8, 2018
Answering a call: Here’s who raised their hands to open a new middle school in Stapleton
Enrollment in the neighborhood is growing, and the Denver district needs a new middle school there.
How I Lead
July 12, 2018
This Colorado principal saved a student’s life by paying attention at the right time
This Colorado principal talked about a student's gratitude, the teachers who inspired him to go into education, and the importance of a positive school culture.
May 17, 2018
Controversial integration plan for Upper West Side middle schools changes, but it’s unclear whether more parents will get on board
“Here’s the problem: Maybe instead of there being four desirable middle schools, there should be fifteen."
February 22, 2018
Abolish middle school? Not so fast, new study says.
Rigorous studies have suggested that scrapping traditional middle schools is good for students. New research says, hold on a second.
moving on up
October 23, 2017
Jeffco on track to move most of next year’s sixth-graders into middle school buildings
Most Jeffco middle schools are preparing to teach sixth through eighth graders starting next year.
Back to school
August 11, 2017
Want to give a sixth grader advice when they arrive at school in September? Here’s your chance
The project allows anyone to fill out a Mad Libs style webform that will deliver a sixth grader a tiny paper letter when they arrive at school in September.
July 20, 2017
Meet the new leader of one of the most popular public schools in Memphis
In a Chalkbeat Q&A, Andy Demster offers his vision for Maxine Smith STEAM Academy — and why he thinks he’s up to the task.
After the bell
August 30, 2016
Access to after-school programs remains a problem in low-income communities, report finds
The Aftercare Alliance reports that 28 percent of all New York City students were enrolled in aftercare in 2014, higher than the national average.
sorting the students
July 13, 2016
Brooklyn’s middle schools are highly segregated — but they don’t have to be. How a series of choices has deepened the divide
Stark segregation — by race, class, and ability — undercuts the promise of a Brooklyn district’s choice-based enrollment system.
making it clear
June 22, 2016
Striking new graphics show which kids go to specialized high schools — and which don’t
Only two-tenths of a percent of seventh-graders, or nine students, who went on to specialized schools came from the city’s lowest-performing 124 schools.
June 16, 2016
Another middle school move might not be ‘magic bullet’ for Indianapolis Public Schools
The district plans to eliminate the combined middle and high schools it began creating more then a decade ago.
stuck in the middle
April 18, 2016
Can Aurora boost its lackluster graduation rate by improving its middle schools?
The stakes are high: A failure to engage students in the sixth and seventh grades often leads to more dropouts in high schools, research shows.
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