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    Middle School Conversions (Facilities) – Easing  Elementary School Overcrowding

    Fremont’s rapid population growth is straining classroom occupancy limits at Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) elementary schools. Today, more than 2,400 elementary students are overloaded at neighborhood schools.

    In response to the district’s overwhelming facilities needs and population growth, FUSD is converting junior high schools to expanded middle school campuses for 6th to 8th graders to ease elementary school overcrowding and overloading. 

    Besides relieving overcrowding, middle school conversion also offers benefits across instruction and school culture. 

    Instructional benefits

    • Better aligns FUSD with state standards
      • Fewer than 3.5% of schools in California are still designated junior high schools
      • The vast majority of California junior high schools converted to middle schools during the 1980’s and 90’s: (64% are grades 6-8; 23% are grades 7-8, and <1% are grades 7-9)
    • New California Standards are designed for K-5 and 6th-8th grade
    • Curriculum adoptions are primarily geared toward K-5 and 6-8 grade 

    Cultural benefits

    • Parental involvement will likely increase since their children will attend for three years
    • An extra year will allow staff to get to know and support students and families better
    • Additional staffing will increase potential for more activities and electives offerings
    • A stronger connection between 6th and 7th grade teachers will streamline student placement
    • Collaboration of multiple- and single-subject teachers promises to improve student engagement and learning

    Frequently Asked Questions (updated 4/27/17)

    Middle School Conversion (Instructional Services)



Last Modified on December 14, 2018