Last spring, as 273 of their classmates prepared for freshmen year at Warhill, 12 Toano Middle School eighth graders were on a different path.
Their attendance zone directed them to Lafayette High School instead.
This split has occurred for years. From 2014 through 2016, an average of 4 percent of Toano's eighth-grade students was sent to Lafayette, while the rest head to Warhill High School.
"The transition from middle school to high school can be very difficult for students, often having established relationships helps with the transition," Williamsburg-James City County Schools director of public relations Betsy Overkamp-Smith said. "When you have...