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6th-Graders Get Middle School Option

To brave the new world of middle school or be king of the hill at elementary school? That’s a decision Camarillo fifth-graders will get to make for next fall.

Board members at the 7,100-student Pleasant Valley Elementary School District decided last week to allow sixth-grade pupils to attend either elementary or middle school, arguing that middle school students could receive a stronger academic program.

The decision will affect about 540 of this year’s fifth-graders. District officials hope that about 240 students will decide to participate in the program, with half going to Los Altos Intermediate School and the other half attending Monte Vista Intermediate School.

“This is a district of choice, and this is just another option within the range of services we provide for all our students,” said Barbara Wagner, the district’s director of instructional programs.

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Parents must register students in either of the two programs between March 10 and 14, district officials said.


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