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As a middle school, Pershing serves children in 6th through 8th grade. As our name implies, we are in the middle! We believe in providing transitional support from elementary school as 5th graders enter middle school as well as preparing our students as they transition to high school at the end of 8th grade. We provide a nurturing environment for all of our students and organize each grade level to support the needs of young learners.

For example, we know that young students in 6th grade have more energy for their core subjects in the begining of the day. That is why all 6th grade students have their elective or PE classes as the last class of the day. 7th and 8th grade students tend to be a little sleepier in the morning and therefore we have their elective and PE classes throughout the day.

All 6th grade students will take English for 2 periods, 1 period of Math, Science, History and PE/Elective on an A/B schedule. Pershing is one of the only middle schools that offers a wide range of elective opportunities for 6th grade students. Students can choose Music, either band or orchestra, or the Wheel, which consists of Engineering, Native California and Scholar Skills.

All 7th and 8th grade students will take English, History, Science, Math, PE and an Elective every day for 1 period each. Elective choices consist of Engineering, Yearbook, Band, Orchestra, AVID, ASB and Spanish. Spanish is offered in both 7th and 8th grade and students can take Spanish 1/2 or Spanish 3/4 in 8th grade, which means an 8th grader can begin their foreign language credits in either 7th or 8th grade. Foreign Language is one of the required subjects in the A-G requirements for college admission in California.

This year we have 7th and 8th grade AVID classes. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program that supports a college-going culture and provides important skills for students who may be the first in their family to attend college. Look for more information about AVID or contact us.

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