Intermediate school

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1970s wooden-top middle school desk (photo: Jameslovebirch).

An intermediate school, also known as middle school, or junior high school depending on location, is a transitory school between primary school and secondary school (a.k.a. high school). It may be a 2 or 3 year period depending on the local school system. Children generally attend intermediate school from around the age of eleven or twelve until thirteen or fourteen (see schoolchild). In the U.S., middle school mostly includes the 7th and 8th grade -- with some school systems opting for grades 7-9 -- followed by high school (grades 9-12 or 10-12).

Most subjects offered are compulsory, but elective subjects are introduced. While in primary school a class is taught basically by only one teacher for all their subjects, in intermediate school a class will have a different teacher for every subject. But save for the elective subjects the class will stick together for all their class. A class will have a homeroom teacher. Who their homeroom teacher is might be defined by what subject the class is in on a given period (time slot), or the timetable might be organized so that there is a special period for administrative topics that the homeroom teacher will take.

Some schools will combine intermediate school with a primary school, some will combine it with a secondary school. But intermediate school students are not just transitioning between primary and secondary education styles, but most of them are adolescents going though puberty. As such they will have different issues than either of the other schools, so other areas think it is important for them to have a standalone school.

Intermediate schools and spanking[edit]

In intermediate schools where school corporal punishment is (or was) used, its application is more formal than found in domestic disciplinary spanking. With the child either holding out their hand for the ruler, strap, tawse or cane (see striking the hand), assuming a bent-over position over a desk or with the hands on a chair, or on their knees or ankles to receive the paddle, switch, strap, or tawse on their bottom.

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