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10 key questions for middle schools

Looking for middle school? Don't do it without getting the answers to these questions!

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2) What are the electives and how many may the kids choose?

Generally, kids in middle school get to begin choosing some “electives” beyond the core curriculum of math, science, social science and language arts. After that, programs vary hugely: kids may get to choose from second languages, PE, band, art, theater, computer. At many classes, the electives are somewhat limited so your child may have to decide between art which he loves and Spanish which you love. Whether a school offers the right electives for your child may be the tipping point in choosing a middle school.

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