Until any new schools are built, educators have to get creative with how to fit an overcrowded population of students into a proper learning environment.
After a unanimous vote by the The Bismarck School Board, 6th graders will move to middle schools and 9th graders will move to the high school level.
That's to help alleviate crowding in especially the elementaries.
To break it down, starting in the fall of 2013, K through 5th grade will be in the elementary schools, 6th through 8th in the middle schools and 9th through 12th in the high schools.
We asked some parents what they think about the switch-up.
"My husband and I last night were just discussing that, it's shocking I guess and kind of makes us sad that our little kids are going to be just one more year in elementary school and then move up to a bigger school, but if the rest of the country is doing okay with it, North Dakota can handle it too." Lisa Klein/Parent of Kindergarten and 4th Grade Student.
"I know a lot of other school districts are doing things like that, have done so in the past, they seem to have done a fairly good job with that, I don't have any issue with it." says Bryan Jones/Parent of Kindergarten Student.
Mandan School District already the grade system in place.
The community relations director for Bismarck Public Schools says the school district could gain an additional 340 students next year, mostly at the elementary level.