Excited About the Controversial Middle School Expansion
Have you heard the great news about what’s going to happen to Life Academy? Aren’t you excited to have wonderful and amazing 6th graders on our campus? I don’t understand why people are all upset about having 6th graders at our campus. I do understand that we are already equally sharing the campus with United For Success Academy. But, having 6th graders, Life Academy students will be able to be role models, mentors, and we get more money for expanding our school.
Changing Our School’s Culture
There will be 6-12 grade students as Life Academy. What? Why?
This will really kills Life Academy students’ high school culture. It will take away the chance for us (high school students) to “grow up.” If we are sticking around with the immature vibe of little kids, then it won’t help us to mature as dramatically because we will have little munchkins running around. If anything, I think we shouldn’t expand into 6th-12th because it won’t teach us how to “grow up,” and it will change everything about Life.
If it were up to me, I would try and get this school to expand into a bigger high school. Bring kids from different schools beside UFSA to tour our school. More 8th graders will consider coming here. If they don’t, it gives them the chance to tell family or friends about this great school.
Also, expanding to a 6th – 12th grade school would mean that Life Academy wouldn’t be as much of a science based school because the middle school will probably not be as involved with our HEALTH AND BIOSCIENCE part. And, that is what Life is all about! I mean if they change our school’s culture, they might as well change the name.
We Don’t Need This
Are there really going to be 6th graders in our high school? Why?
I don’t see any reason why they would make our school into a middle/high school. Why not just have the middle school kids go to a regular middle school (for example United For Success right down the hall)? I’m all for kids going to a good school and getting a good learning experience, but I feel like that’s not up to high schools to deal with. I don’t understand why they want to make this change.
If they put middle school kids with us (the high school students), then that will take the focus off of us and will make our school even more hectic. It will be more challenging to get individual time and counseling for each student.
I think that middle school students would find it more helpful to be in a middle school environment rather than a high school environment because it will cause them to not focus on middle school duties and make them more distracted.
In the end, I feel that expanding to a 6th – 12th grade school is too much of a drastic change. They should of asked the students who currently attend Life Academy if we felt comfortable with the change and if we felt it would affect our learning experience.
This Is Not a Kindergarten!
I don’t think Life Academy should expand to middle school because it won’t feel like we’re in high school. It’s pretty much going to feel like a kindergarten on our campus. Having middle school students and high school students at the same campus is going to be awkward because the older students need quiet spaces to concentrate and have their work done. On the other hand, younger students are going to be really noisy, and they’re not going to have respect for other people while they are working.
I also have the feeling that there is going to be a lot of drama. As a matter of fact, Life Academy has been involved in drama along with UFSA’s 6th grade students. And, someone from the Life Academy community got hurt. I feel like the children are not going to be as respectful and mature with everyone around them because they are going to feel cool around older students and because they are going to try to fit in.
Another reason of why I’m against this idea is because teachers are going to make us be role models for the kids coming to our school. I don’t think that there is enough people who are willing to change the ways they talk, dress and act.
In conclusion, I’m not really exited about the expansion because younger students at a high school campus are going to create trouble between the older students and the younger ones. Middle school students are not mature enough to respect everyone around them; children make too much noise for people to really concentrate on their work. I want to point out that are a lot of people in the Life Academy community are not going to change their ways. Most importantly, we already have a lot of pressure on us, and this expansion is going to make things even more stressful. This is not a kindergarten!
Can It Work Out for Both Groups of Students?
Life Academy has been a small school that consists of 9th-12th grade students – why change it now?
I think that making Life Academy a middle school may change the effects on how they younger kids grow. Yes, they may become mature, but they need to have their fun being kids at a normal school that does not involve a high school. These young kids should have their own space. It’s already bad enough that we have to share the campus with a middle school…Why can’t the 6th grade students just go there?
The whole point of Life Academy is to be a small school, not a huge one. I came to Life Academy because it was a small school. I really liked that it was a small school because the classes or hallways were never crowded. I am glad that I won’t be here when the school expands because I would not want to have interacting with younger kids as a part of my high school experience.
However, some young 5th graders at my internship placement are very excited to be able to go to Life Academy next year. They ask me a lot of questions about the work they give us and about our other internships in hospitals. Many of these young girls are interested in learning about the medical field and working there in the future.
Basically, I just want the decision to work out for both the new 6th grade kids and the high school students.
Edited By: Eva Oliver, Digital Journalism Teacher