Academic Scholars Offered in Middle Schools
part of our mission to educate and empower all students to be college
and career ready graduates, a strengthened and highly rigorous program
for our high-achieving students has been implemented at the middle
school level. This program, known as the Academic Scholars Program, began in the 2014-2015 school year. Academic Scholars Program provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.
Offered in all four academic classes in the 6th and 7th grades for the 2015-2016 school year, and adding 8th grade in the 2016-2017 school year, the Academic Scholars Program
provides intellectual and creative challenges to help students become
skilled problem solvers and critical thinkers. In addition, the program
incorporates project-based learning to give hands-on opportunities for
students to learn, fostering the development of skills for
communication, understanding, and team building, qualities that are
essential for life in the 21st century.
- Provided at the Middle School level, beginning with rising 6th grade students in 2014-2015; 7th grade students in 2015-2016; 8th grade students in 2016-2017
- Offers courses for all four core disciplines: English, mathematics, science, and social studies
- Emphasis on project-based learning and “Science and Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements” (STEAM)
- Goal of producing students who are problem-solvers and have high critical thinking skills
Rising 6th Graders (for 2015-2016)
- 80% or higher in each of the four core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) 1st, 2nd, 3rd nine weeks.
- 70 or higher National Percentile Ranking (NPR) in mathematics and/or in reading
NOTE: If the entrance criteria are met in math, the rising 6th grade student will qualify for the Math/Science Academic Scholars program. If criteria are met in reading, the rising 6th grade student will qualify for the English/Science/Social Studies program.
Option for Parent Override
a student does not meet the 70 NPR, but has met the grading criteria
and an NPR of at least a 60, a parent override will be accepted through
the first four days of the school year. An override request must be made
to the school principal no later than August 18,2015.
- In order to continue in the Academic Scholars Program for the 7th grade year, a current 6th
grade academic scholar must maintain an 80% or higher grade in each of
the core subjects for each nine week period. There will be no parent
override for 7th grade.
Contact your local school principal if you have questions about the Academic Scholars Program.