Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 | I enjoyed reading Emily Alpert‘s fine article about K-8 schools. I’ve been teaching at Grant for 10 years and can honestly say I was not initially in favor of our school moving to a K-8 model. I could only see disadvantages. Although we have indeed had our share of snags (unfinished playground, limited playing space for all ages, lunch-time crunch, to name a few), now I see upper grade students who really like coming to school. They have been the force behind many of our community service drives. They are giving leadership to many projects, both on and off campus.
Being a Math-Science Magnet where parents know they will receive an exemplary experience in those subjects is a given. It’s the “extras” that count.
For instance, all middle school students take band or chorus. What parents and students are now finding out is how many “extras” our PTA funds and sponsors: after school clubs, musical theater, improv, dance, tennis, chess, art, guitar, Spanish, Italian, French and more.
No, a K-8 is not for every student. Middle schools still serve their purpose for many. I am a reluctant convert, but sure glad to be here at Grant!