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Boston School Committee votes to eliminate middle schools

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File 2018/Globe Staff

The Boston School Committee on Wednesday night unanimously approved a policy that would eliminate middle schools, as part of an effort to reduce the number of times students change schools.

The goal is to have students attend just two schools during their time in the Boston school system. The policy sets out two basic grade structures for most schools: Elementary schools that end at grade six or eight and secondary schools that begin at grade seven or nine. School officials intend to convert the system’s six middle schools into one of those structures.

The first conversion will probably involve the McCormack Middle School in Dorchester.

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In other actions, the School Committee unanimously approved a partnership between the McCormack and Boston Community Leadership Academy. The McCormack’s building will be renovated to accommodate the partnership.

The School Committee also unanimously revised its 20-year-old policy that sets a maximum age for students who can attend school. The old policy allowed students to stay in school until their 22nd birthday, which meant students could be kicked out mid-year, creating disappointment.

The new policy, among other changes, will make students who turn 21 years old on or before Aug. 31 of a given year ineligible from staying in school. They will be referred to programs designed for adults.


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