Traditionally, students make the move from Carr Elementary School to Fulton High School in the seventh grade to become part of the middle school population of Fulton Independent. This spring, a decision was made by the Fulton Independent Board of Education to change the middle school concept to include sixth, seventh and eighth graders. This meant that two groups of students will move from Carr Elementary to FHS to begin the 2014-2015 school year.
According to a letter sent home to parents and guardians, the reasons for the creation of a middle school containing sixth, seventh and eighth grade students were four-fold:
Promote curriculum alignment and rigourous instruction due to the structure of Kentucky Core Academic Standards: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Raise student achievement on state assessments including KPREP and Explore.
Provide the opportunity for students and teachers to form connections during the key adolescent developmental period of middle school.
Allow for more opportunities for student to participate in extracurricular events including clubs and sports.
A transition night is slated for Tuesday, July 22. During this event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the FHS Commons, parents and students will meet the teachers, review the student handbook, tour the school and receive information concerning schedules, Individual Learning Plans, and Infinite Campus and Student Portals.