Why Middle School?
Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle schools students are characterized by rapid physical growth, an intense curiosity about their world, and an emerging self-identity. Middle school students have a desire to explore a variety of interests, helping them to connect what they are learning in the classroom to the world of work. During this developmental stage, high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue is experienced due to rapid physical growth and hormonal changes. In addition, middle school students are in search of their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to their peers rather than their parents for ideas and affirmation. Extreme sensitivity to the comments from others is also common, in addition to a heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding, and approval.
--American School Counselor Association