The Middle School Program is designed for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are academically advanced or demonstrate high intellectual capability potential. For students in middle school, we offer two Highly Capable program options.
The curriculum for students in the middle school self-contained Highly Capable Program is the same as the rest of the students at their grade level but the classes are taught with the needs of highly capable students in mind. Students will learn by working alone, in pairs, and in small groups. They will be learning to base their thinking on facts; discussions are often part of classes.
In Middle School, students are assigned highly capable classes for language arts, social studies, and science. Students are assigned to math courses individually.
In Middle School Challenge classes teachers organize instruction in their classes to meet these program goals:
Classes use curricular standards to create lessons designed to fit the needs of all highly
All students are learning about new concepts and ideas
Thinking, creativity, and problem solving are parts of learning
All students work with one another
There is a focus on the specific needs of highly capable children
Instruction in the classes is paced to meet the needs of curious learner
The Earned Honors Program provides an opportunity for all students to work on tasks designed for students to apply what they have learned to a new situation.
Work will be done as rigorous grade level content taught in their grade level class. Earned Honors tasks will be available in conjunction with instruction of the grade level skills, as determined by set standards in Language Arts, Social Studies and Science.
Earned Honors will be noted in report card grade comments when student work demonstrates learning beyond the standards. Students can earn the designation in one or more standards.
Earned Honors is available at Cascade, Chinook, Glacier, Pacific and Sylvester Middle Schools
What you may see in Earned Honors:
Teachers will determine how to deliver these services to your student. Examples may include:
Rigorous Content - giving students more rigorous content and more challenging assignments
Curriculum Compacting - replacing lesson content that students have mastered
Addition of depth and/or complexity - student work that includes more information or problem-solving steps
Problem-based learning - students learn about a subject through solving an open ended problem
Project-based learning - students work to solve a real world problem or answer a complex question
Tiered assignments - tasks that are similar to the whole class with different levels of instruction