Will my student be able to continue working with the same teacher when she completes 8th grade and moves on to high school?

We get this question a lot, mostly in the form of, “We love our teacher! Can we keep working with her in 9th grade?” Students usually remain with the same teacher through grades K-4, and grades 5-8. Once students enter high school, they are assigned subject-specific teachers, one for each discipline. Usually a high school student will work with the same English teacher for four years, the same social studies teacher, etc. This allows the teacher to get to know the student well, and provide on-going support, encouragement, inspiration, and motivation.