I was thinking about this while talking to an old high school friend of mine, and I thought it would be a pretty okay discussion topic here. When I was in grade school (1991-2003) our classes were "segregated". The 'slower' kids were in one class, the regular kids were in another, and the advanced/'smart' kids were in another class. I have to say that 95% of my classes in grade school were like this, except for classes where there was only one option. Like PE, Music, Health, etc. When I entered High School, I was "recommended" to take the test that allow me to get into the advanced and AP classes since I had very good grades in Middle school. If you didn't pass the test, you weren't allowed to take the advanced and AP classes. The second high school I went to (11th-12th) didn't require a test, but your guidance counselor had to "allow" you to be in those classes. The year after I graduated, the superintendant changed the rule that basically anybody and everybody will be taking advanced classes. Meaning that there will be fewer classes and teachers available for those students that may not be able to keep up with the advanced classes. To me, I see a few advantages and disadvantages with this. Advantages: 1. Students won't be singled out into the "slow", "average", and "smart" groups. 2. Everybody will have the same opportunity to take part in the advanced classes and have the opportunity to obtain college credits. Disadvantages: 1. Class sizes will get bigger. One of the major advantages of advanced classes is that there is usually a smaller student : teacher ratio. 2. Trouble keeping up. Some students may have trouble keeping up, which would eventually slow the rest of the class down. You're only as fast as your slowest team member. What do you all think of putting everybody together? Would you want your kid to be in the advanced classes or would you rather have them be in the class where they learn and do the best inand are the most comfortable. Hopefully I've worded my post clearly enough for you all to get my whole point It's 10:30pm here in Germany right now, and I'm quite tired, hah! To be perfectly honest, I'm not a big fan of the whole integration of the classrooms issue. I was a kid that always took advanced classes, and I absolutely loved the fact that my classes were smaller and that my teachers had more time for me if I needed help. Most of us were on the same level, so we were able to breeze through without too much of a problem. Now, I hope that my previous comment didn't sound anything like I look down on those who weren't in regular classes. But I just feel that it's better to be separated, so that you are with people who are on the same level as you. But...I also think that there should always be the possiblity to move up, in case the classes you are currently in aren't challenging you enough.