Crash course in choosing a middle school

Everything you need to know about choosing a middle school — from our school tour checklist to the 10 best questions to ask.


10 key questions to ask when choosing a middle school
Looking for a middle school? Get answers to these key questions first! Format: Article

Print our middle school tour checklist
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Inside a Montessori school
Long embraced by preschools, Montessori-style education is being implemented in elementary, middle, and even high schools. For example, see how Urban Montessori School in Oakland, CA serves kindergartners through eighth graders. Format: Video (5:00)

Inside an environmental science school
At an environmental science school, students learn inside the classroom and outside in nature. See how C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy, a K-8 school in Grand Rapids, MI, incorporates environmental science into kids’ daily lives. Format: Video (4:04)

Inside a high-expectations, high-support school
Many charter schools have adopted this school model to help traditionally underserved students prepare for college. KIPP Bayview Academy, a 5-8 school in San Francisco, CA, exemplifies this cool school model. Format: Video (4:25)

The truth about charter schools
Charter school is a loaded term. Prejudices abound and misconceptions reign. Here’s what you need to know when considering a charter school for your child. Format: Article

Should I send my child to a single-sex school?
Learn more about single-sex schools, and what advocates and detractors say. Then decide for yourself. Format: Article

Should I send my child to a private school?
Expensive and elitist? Smaller classrooms and a better education? Maybe, maybe not. Get the lowdown on a private school education. Format: Article

The reality of virtual schools
Thanks to online education, virtual schools are taking off in the US. Here’s what you should know about this alternative to brick-and-mortar education. Format: Article

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