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How One D.C. Elementary’s 5th Grade Enrollment Highlights Concerns About Middle School

Each year, parents of 4th-graders at Brent Elementary on Capitol Hill have a decision to make: What to do about middle school?

The question essentially comes a year early. Middle school starts at 6th grade in D.C.’s traditional public school system, but for Brent parents like Amy Harding-Wright, 5th grade is the time to make a move.