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K-8 Concept

The K-8 School Concept

What is a K-8 School?

  • A neighborhood school
  • A school where students progress from kindergarten through eighth grade together
  • A school that offers appropriate curriculum and instruction at each grade level

Why is this concept popular?

Research indicates that students benefit from a K-8 school. Some 40% of California schools serving 6-8 graders are K-8 schools. Studies show:

  • Students at K-8 schools show greater growth in achievement
  • Parents and teachers at K-8 schools show significant satisfaction
  • Smaller numbers of students per grade level, which is typical of K-8 schools, increase achievement
  • Reduced numbers of transitions from school to school increase student achievement

A way to offer alternatives to traditional middle schools for some middle-grade students

  • Many CUSD middle schools are at capacity, with more than 400 students per grade
  • K-8 schools would contain between 100 and 175 students per grade

Additional ways that students benefit

  • Increased parent involvement at all grade levels
  • Learning strengthened because a smaller number of teachers work more closely together
  • Greater personal connections to teachers and administrators
  • Younger students get to know teachers before moving to middle school
  • Younger students can be tutored by older students, and older students obtain leadership skills and responsibility
  • Younger advanced students have opportunities for accelerated study
  • Students can remain at their neighborhood school with a seamless transition between their primary, intermediate, and middle grade programs
  • Students are less likely to “fall through the cracks.”

What is it like at a CUSD K-8 School?

  • A neighborhood school
  • Administrators know children and families well
  • Students at all grade levels taught CUSD grade-level standards and curriculum
  • Teacher teams share curriculum expertise and student information from level to level
  • High-achieving intermediate grade students have access to advanced courses
  • Middle grade students change classes and take electives
  • Middle grade students transition toward independence needed for high school in a supportive environment
  • Middle grade parents remain involved in their neighborhood school

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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