Did you know that ‘elementary school’ gets its name from the idea that it is the level of education where you learn basics or elementary skills and knowledge in reading, writing, science, and math? Initially, elementary schools included kindergarten through 8th grade. Secondary school included grades 9-12 and focused on preparing students for college or vocational school and included more independent work and choice given to and expected from students. In the 1880’s, the idea started to create a ‘middle’ school level to give older elementary school children access to more advanced class work and younger secondary students an environment better suited to their level of social development.
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Another name for elementary school is primary school.
Another difference between elementary and secondary education is the level of independent work choice given to and expected from students. In elementary level education, students usually stay with 1 teacher and classroom except for specialized classes such as music, art, or physical education. In secondary education, students move between different classrooms and teachers and have greater choice in the classes they take. Middle school is mix between these two levels of schooling and student independence.
While the idea of middle schools started in the late 1800’s, widespread implementation did not start until the mid-1900’s.
In the early 1900’s many areas only had elementary schools that taught grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Secondary education was available, but not accessible to many children.
The implementation of ‘middle’ schools varies around the United States. In some areas, middle schools encompass grades 6th through 8th. In others, ‘junior high’ encompasses 7th through 9th grade.