Our school district is currently set up with 6 elementary schools (K - 6), 1 jr high (7-8) and 1 high school (9-12). The schools have had a lot of budget cuts so they are looking into consolidating and closing one or two elementary schools. They seem to want to do this by having grade "centers", like one school would be preK-2, one would be 3-4, one would be 5-7. There are a couple variations for preK to 7 but all variations seem to have 8th graders moving to the HS.
I know of some schools that have the secondary school being 7th - 12th and then they are sort of internally split so the 7-8 are kind of in one area and have their own classes, teachers, sports, etc. So it's almost like separate jr high and high school but they are in the same building. This makes sense to me but I'm not seeing how an 8 - 12 school works.
I will hear more about this in the coming year if they decide to move this way but I am curious about how it works now. If your district's HS is 8 - 12... Are the 8th graders kind of separated off from the high schoolers? Do 8th graders get to join HS sports? Or do they still be jr high sports that they and the 7th graders would do. Are the 8th graders pretty separated from the rest of the school population or pretty mixed in?