LOUISVILLE (LBF) -- Ah, middle school. If you've spent much time around students during these years, you know they're very, um — passionate, as one teacher put it.

Which was good, because I was thinking something much less positive when my kids were that age.

VIEW GALLERY: Louisville's best middle schools

Niche.com has come out with its 2018 rankings of the best public middle schools in America, and we've looked at the rankings for the Louisville metro area. The attached slideshow lists the 18 schools that were ranked in the report.

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