10 Differences Between Middle School and High School

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One of the scariest things about moving from middle school into high school is the often dramatic increase in school size. It's daunting enough to make the move from a three-grade school into a four-grade school -- and then on top of that, several middle schools from one district often dump into one high school. So there could easily be four times as many kids at the high school, most of whom will be absolute strangers. As the first day of ninth grade looms, it can be overwhelming to imagine entering a totally unfamiliar (and much larger) campus and walking around in a sea of new faces. Most high schools are pretty attentive about easing the transition, but it's not hard to see how kids can get lost in the shuffle.

The larger student body leads to the next item on our list …