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The Enigma Years: Bringing Middle Schoolers along for the Long Haul

We all know that pre and early adolescents are curious little creatures. Grades 5 through 8 are the critical hinge point in students’ academic careers, not to mention the point at which they and their parents will decide how and where to invest their four-year-run-up to college. How do we establish middle years programs that reduce stress, strengthen independence, and foster a sense of realized potential in these delicately balanced lives? And how can we keep them with us for the long haul?