What's the benefit of attending a K-8?

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Our neighborhood K-8 schools give families the opportunity to keep their child in a nurturing environment that's close to home from kindergarten to the 8th grade. Many families choose to leave our system after the 5th grade when their child would enter a traditional middle school. Not only have families told us they would stay with JP Schools if they could remain at their elementary school, but data shows a major benefit for kids. Students in the middle grades (6-8) at our K-8 schools perform 25 points higher on state assessments and attend school more often than their peers in our traditional middle schools.