Tuscaloosa County School System

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  • Academic Scholars Offered in Middle Schools

    As 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.                                                                                                                                                    

    Overview

    • 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 skilll

    Rising 6th Graders (for 2015-2016)

    Entrance Criteria

    • 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

    • If 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.

     

     

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  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT BACK PACKS 
     
    Dear Parents and Legal Guardians,
     

    Back Pack

    Please be advised that as a result of the action taken by our TCSS Board of Education clear and/or mesh back packs are not required for the 2015-2016 school year. We do prefer that you invest in this item but we understand that they are difficult to find at times and they are not as resistant and durable as other back packs.
     
    Also, as you go shopping for school supplies please remember that we have a very specific dress code. We have posted our Dress Code policy on our website in the Parent Info section (see the menu at the top of this page) under Important Information for you to easily print when you take your child shopping for school clothes.
     
    Thank you for your assistance and diligence and we hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer with your children.  
     
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Announcements

  • The Free and Reduced application link is now available. It is https://tcss.rocketscanapps.com

    Once an application has been process, the new eligibility will go into effect in 10 (straight) days If your child was a student at TCSS last year, and we have not received an application, their eligibility will temporarily stay the same as last year until 9.25.15. If we have not received an application by then you child will go to full paid meals.

    Breakfast $1.25

    Elem lunch $2.35

    Middle/High lunch $2.55

    We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay of the applications process has caused.

    We hope you and Child/Children have a great 2015-2016 School Year.

     

     

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