Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1980

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

John Green

Second Committee Member

Robert Carlton

Third Committee Member

Ernest Chan-Nui


The nature of the middle school in the state of Washington and its conformance to the middle school concept was studied. Eighty-four of the state's ninety-two middle school principals reported on programs and offerings in their schools. The study indicated that Washington middle schools conform favorably to the concept in all major areas except grading practices and athletic programs. The schools recognize a developmental stage of transescence and minister to it through child-child- centered rather than subject-centered programs. Further study is recommended to compare the middle school with the junior high school in the state of Washington.