Should Davis's 9th Graders Be Moved to Davis High School?

Should the district explore the possibility? Share your thoughts below.


The Davis Enterprise ran a story Friday that explores the possibility of moving Davis's ninth graders from the district's junior high schools over to Davis High School. 

The move is being discussed by the Davis School Board, with all of the trustees saying they're interested in hearing more about the pros and cons, according to Enterprise reporter Jeff Hudson's story: 

"[Trustee Tim] Taylor argued that there would be academic and budgetary benefits if ninth-graders were reassigned to DHS," writes Hudson.

He then quotes Cathy Haskell, former president of the Davis Teachers Association, as saying "we feel like it is crowded (now). We have giant class sizes, and we can’t shift kids into other classes (because they are full)." 

What do you think of this possibility? Should ninth graders be moved to Davis High? Should the district explore the possibility? Share your thoughts below. 

Here's the Enterprise's full, detailed story

DiannaH January 14, 2013 at 04:43 AM
There are a lot of pros and cons to moving the 9th graders. Moving, makes the 9th graders feel like HS students, makes getting to some classes and to after-school sports easier. However, as a junior high teacher, I see more benefits to giving the 9th graders another year in a smaller school. This is especially beneficial to students who don't really have a place to fit in at the high school. If we were to convert Harper to another high school I would be all for it, but not for crowding the 9th graders into an already too crowded school.
Angie January 15, 2013 at 04:46 AM
No way! Kids grow up too fast anyway, so keeping them at a lower level for another year is a bonus. Additionally, the high school is already way overcrowded. Where would they put all those kids? There would have to be some serious pen-to-paper brain storming sessions with some well thought out, real-life scenarios developed to even consider it. In truth, we really need another high school.
DiannaH January 15, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Another high school would be so good for kids--so many more kids could be involved in student council, sports, music,.... I wish it could happen!
Charles Johnson January 18, 2013 at 08:31 AM
The enrollment numbers do not justify another fundamental high school. With what it would cost to convert Harper, they could add classrooms at DSHS and integrate 9th graders just the same. High school students in Davis already have four public school options. I'm not sure another high school enhances the quality of education in any way. Of course, the down side to having 9th graders in high school anywhere is the tremendous gap in age and mental/physical maturity. My guess is the system will remain unchanged, until DJUSD is forced to adapt to legislation and/or enrollment growth. Fortunately, real estate prices in Davis remain the highest in the area, which limits the likelihood that young families with many children will move here.
MyShanti33 March 19, 2013 at 04:32 PM
I wasn't aware that 9th graders were still in middle school?.... I thought when you graduated to 9th grade you were a freshman in high school? I mean, I thought that was the way it was for every darn person? Hmmmm... I suppose wonders will never cease... And life is certainly a wonderful thing.... Either way future Freshman generations... You'll be fine! And FYI to all freshman in high school.... be sure to take all the classes you can in high school that count as a high school credit and also your junior college credits, as well!!!! Yes, you can have 2 for 1 if someone were to let you know this info! Begin in your 9th grade year, take every combo class you can get your little fingers on... and almost be able to head straight to a 4 year college from your very own high school!! For Some reason... kids don't know this VALUABLE INFORMATION!! PLEASE PASS THE MESSAGE AND TELL ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND.. KICK BOOOTY IN YOUR CLASSES, AND "YES, YOUR GRADES ARE VERY IMPORTANT!" HAVE AN AWESOME 2013!!


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