District Examples of Grade-Level Configurations

Editor’s Note: In researching the various grade-level configurations in place around the country, The School Administrator heard from dozens of school districts describing their variations. We compiled a sampling below and encourage readers to contact these school leaders for more details.

Bethel Park School District
Bethel Park , Pa.
We have a K-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12 configuration in Bethel Park and a number of districts around us are looking to move in that direction.
Michael Latusek
Assistant Superintendent

Columbus School District
Columbus , Wis.
We are a district with K-3, 4-8 and 9-12. The reason for the 4-8 alignment is space, it certainly isn't instruction. I think there are only three others like us in Wisconsin.
Ken Bates

Midview Local Schools
Grafton , Ohio
Our rural district has the following building configurations: K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. The school district changed from traditional K-5 and K-6 buildings to what we now have. This change addressed an immediate fund shortage and the need to reduce the cost of student transportation. The elementary configurations have significant limitations.
Denise Eslinger
Director of Curriculum and Technology

Norton Public Schools
Norton , Mass.
In our school districts the grade spans are configured as follows for reasons of space and the condition of the facilities: K-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Lincoln DeMoura

Regional School District 1
Falls Village , Conn.
All of our elementary schools are K-8 and have been for a long time. We favor this configuration because it best meets the educational needs of our children, and it avoids putting hundreds of students in grades 6 through 8 together.
John O'Brien

Rogers Public Schools
Rogers , Ark.
Our district has schools with the following grade levels: K-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10 and 11-12. Space and growth are the main reasons. Our community opposed going to two high schools until it was absolutely necessary so we built a new high school to house 11-12. We will build a third junior high soon and temporarily move sophomores to that building when complete.
Jane Webb
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Shelton School District
Shelton , Wash.
We have K-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12 schools, in part to address developmental needs. Our high school had more than 1,600 students previously. Our junior high now has about 800 students in two grades. We spent over four years getting everything in place.
Marcie McKaig
Director of Human Resources mmckaig@sheltonschools.org

Somonauk Community Unit School District 432
Somonauk , Ill.
Our building configuration is K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Prior to opening our middle school in 2001, our district configuration was K-6 and 7-8 attached to the high school. The current configuration allows the most space for growth.
Susan Workman

South Milwaukee School District
South Milwaukee , Wis.
We recently built a $42 million high school and remodeled the existing high school to become the middle school. They are connected with approximately 2,000 students in grades 6-12.
Jennifer Sielaff
Director of Personnel, Administrative and Legal Services

White Bear Area Schools
White Bear Lake , Minn.
We have a grades 9/10 building and a grades 11/12 building that together compose our high school. The two campuses are five miles apart so it isn't exactly a convenient situation to share staff, students and programs. We work hard to make it work.
Ted Blaesing