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We actually went in the opposite direction and now start band in 6th Grade instead of 5th. The reason behind this was that we saw 5th graders twice a week…..we see 6th grade every day. They are caught up by mid 7th grade, and we are finding that the fundamentals are MUCH more solid. Retention from 6th to 7th is also much more solid than 5th to 6th this way (again…I think it was 2 days per week vs 5 days that made the difference). We keep about 87 percent from 6 to 7.

What is the reasoning behind a 4th grade start? Will you see them every day?