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Academic Placement in Science and Math

Science Placement

Two science classes are offered at each level — science 6, 7, 8 and intensive science 6, 7, 8.

Science classes are not intended to replace or guarantee placement in certain high school classes, but to offer students who have demonstrated mastery of current grade level math, language arts and reading an opportunity to challenge themselves with more difficult material in science.

These intensive classes cover the same standards as the other classes, but are condensed to allow teachers to explore relevant enrichment activities. These classes require more work outside of class and more writing, as well as participation in class discussions, rigorous tests, difficult reading materials, and independent research. The Intensive Science class is intended for those students who show aptitude and motivation in those areas. MAP scores should generally be in the 75th percentile or above in math and reading.  Final decisions for placements will be based on spring MAP scores, grades, and teacher recommendations.

Students should be able to work independently in and out of class and have strong time management and organizational skills. They should possess higher-level thinking and problem solving skills. They should be able to work well with others and contribute to class discussions.

Please consider your child’s activity schedule before making the decision to take an intensive class. We expect students in the classes to maintain good work habits and adequate preparation for tests and class, which includes turning in work on time.

Math Placement

Two math classes are offered at each grade level – grade 6 or intensive grade 6, grade 7 or Pre-Algebra, grade 8 (Pre-Algebra) or Algebra.

The objective of intensive grade 6, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra is to introduce new material so that at successful completion of grade 8, students will be recommended to be placed in an honors geometry course as freshmen at SMCHS.  Students will have covered Algebra 1 standards in middle school and will spend little time reviewing math facts. There is an understanding that students in these classes will have mastered basic math facts prior to 6th grade.  MAP scores should generally be in the 75th percentile or above.  Final decisions for placements will be based on spring MAP scores, grades, and teacher recommendations.

Math 6, 7, and 8 are designed for those students who might need more review of math facts as they learn math concepts.  These classes will move at a slower pace than the other classes to allow for more practice.

 

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