Why does this bond proposal call for creating a 6th-8th middle school campus?
In 2015, the district’s 2025 Committee, a group made up of community members and AISD staff, met to study the district’s growing student population and plan for growth. The 2025 Committee recommended that, as the district grew, it move to 6th-8th-grade middle schools. The Committee discussed an interest in decreasing the number of school transitions that AISD students have as they matriculate through the district’s schools. Currently, students transition schools at 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th grades. In addition, as AISD continues to experience rapid student enrollment growth, individual grade level campuses (like the current McAnally Intermediate 6th-grade-only model), are less efficient and difficult to scale to meet the need of the growing student population.
The 6-8 grade grouping at the middle school level is quite common in Texas. The concept for both the new MS#2 and the renovation and expansion of Aledo Middle School is that each grade level, 6th, 7th, and 8th, would have its own academic wing. Sixth graders, for instance, would attend their academic classes in the 6th-grade wing together and would have a 6th-grade lunch together. This arrangement would be the same for 7th and 8th graders.