My girls are in an upper elementary school building, where it houses all the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the district, ~1300 students in all. There are always problems with the administration and teachers and rowdy children, starting its 5th principal one in 10 years. DD1 is heading off to the MS next year and she's looking forward to it. But then we just heard there is a new principal, assigned half way through the year. Augh.
I grew up in a town where there were eight elementary schools that held students from K-8, ~ 900 students in the whole building. It was nice. Everyone got to know everyone else. A vice principal was assigned to the 7th and 8th graders but he also helped oversee the whole school so it was one cohesive environment. Not chopped up like the one here.
I would think handling a small group of tweens would be better than handling a massive amount. What about you?