WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Profile America —Wednesday, September 7th. Of the millions of students going to class in the new school year, many are attending junior high schools or middle schools. The first such school in the U.S. opened its doors this week in 1909 — the Indianola Junction Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio, with seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Ninth grade students were offered courses in English, German, algebra, science and geography, as well as manual training, domestic science, history, and the government of Ohio. Today, most middle schools are composed of grades six to eight, some even five to eight, with a much broader curriculum. Of the 77 million students across the nation — from preschool to college — over 16 million of them are enrolled in grades five to eight. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3087
Indianola Junior High/accessed 6/30/2016: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/07/indianola-junior-high-first-of-its-kind-in-u-s-.html
Grades 5 through 8/page 11: http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-571.pdf?eml=gd
National enrollment: http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2014/Tab01-01.xls
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau