Middle School


Middle school has different educational expectations than high school and elementary school. Children are typically between 6th and 8th grades. Kids in this age group begin to experience physical changes that may affect them academically, emotionally, and socially. Understanding the unique changes your middleschooler faces during this time can help you determine how you can have the best impact on her development.

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