10 Differences Between Middle School and High School


8
Larger Workload

Eighth-grade teachers seem to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to make it clear to their students (or trying to scare their students, however you want to look at it) that there's going to be a lot more homework in high school. And they do this for a reason: There's a lot more homework in high school. Kids who aren't ready for it can be in for a nasty shock during the first month or so of ninth grade. The increased workload -- combined with the stress of new environments, schedules, expectations, teachers and classmates -- can really throw some kids for a loop, so it's especially important for parents to be on their game during this transitional time.