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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