Knox County's middle schools provide a smooth transition between elementary and secondary programs. They focus on the special needs of the preadolescent child. The instructional program places emphasis on the basic skills and provides opportunities for students to continue their general education and to discover special interests. The areas of language arts,reading, social studies, mathematics, and science are taught by a team of teachers, each specializing in one or more of these subjects. Art, computer literacy,technology education, health, music (choral, general, and instrumental), and physical education are taught by specialists in each subject area. School counselors help students develop personal and educational skills necessary for attainment of life goals.