It is during the middle school years that young adolescents form attitudes about education, particularly a subject like science, and its relevance to their future. Middle school (usually Grades 6–8) is a school between elementary school (usually Grades 1–5) and high school (usually Grades 9–12); the local school district determines what grades are in a given middle school.

In most middle schools, students change teachers after each period, which can range from 50 to 90 minutes. Students usually enroll in five or six courses, including science, that are taught by different teachers. Students often have the opportunity to take elective courses, including advanced courses in science. Middle school can be thought of as a transitional time between elementary school and high school.

Every middle school classroom represents ...

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