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Elementary schools weigh benefits of same-sex classes

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Closer friendships and better focus have been outcomes of initiating same-sex classes at area elementary schools.

Ruston Elementary piloted the division of boys and girls in the fourth grade in 2006, and this fall Principal Sonja Walker expanded the division to include fifth-graders. She notes strong performances on last year’s high-stakes LEAP exams in the two same-sex fourth-grade classes as compared to the mixed fourth-grade classes.

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