Boston looks at adding 6th grade classes at elite campuses

June 9, 2009
District weighs pros and cons of expanding program at Boston Latin and other exam schools

From The Boston Globe: Boston school Superintendent Carol R. Johnson is exploring the idea of admitting sixth-graders to Boston Latin and the city's other two exam schools, a change that could ease the transition from elementary school for some students but potentially create obstacles for others seeking entrance to the elite institutions. Some parents have complained that having the exam schools start at Grade 7 is problematic because many elementary schools end at Grade 5. But because classroom space is tight at the schools--Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science--accommodating another grade level might force the district to decrease the number of students in the upper grades.

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