Other districts are trying different approaches. Carroll County school officials launched a new summer program for some pupils entering middle school, and panels there and in Baltimore County have recommended more demanding courses. Howard County is offering tutoring for middle school pupils, and Anne Arundel County will expand the rigorous International Baccalaureate program to three middle schools.
Photo(s); 1. Dave Stuart, a sixth-grade English teacher at Woodlawn Middle School, prepares for today's start of school. Changes at Woodlawn reflect a growing national movement in middle schools. 2. [Stacey Rather], an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Woodlawn Middle in Baltimore County, gets her classroom in order. 3. Justin Rix, is a seventh-grade science teacher at Woodlawn, where every teacher this year is rated "highly qualified."; Credit: PHOTOS BY CHIAKI KAWAJIRI : SUN PHOTOGRAPHER