By Jamie Ross
As of May 15, it’s official. In September 2015, grade nine students from Prince Arthur Junior High School will be relocated to Dartmouth High.
Whether or not this is a good decision is debatable.
Bailee Mason, a returning DHS grad next semester, says she is almost scared for the outcome.
With 14 year-olds going to school with 19 year-olds, Bailee believes that there is a higher risk of fights and that older students will influence the grade nines to drink and smoke. Bailee started smoking young due to the influence of older teens.
Grade nines are going to be placed in an environment where they will have to be more independent and responsible than they have been previously — and a year earlier than expected.
Darci Ross, currently in grade eight at Caledonia Junior High was able to give some insight on how she would feel if she had just been told that she’s going to high school next year. She said that she would be disappointed over going right back to being the youngest in the school and missing out on a grade nine graduation. Darci said that she would be scared to go to school with kids so much older.
Junior high school teacher — and former teacher at Dartmouth High — Jill Ross suggests the reason people are so concerned is it’s "foreign" to us. In many places throughout the world it is the norm to have grade nines in high school. P-12 schools also are not so rare. Jill says this change is neither good nor bad; it's "just different."