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Placement is data driven and re-evaluated on a yearly basis. All students will be reassessed each year and will have a new plan developed only if the criteria have been met. Placement is only guaranteed for a single academic year.


Accelerated Mathematics is intended for highly motivated students who demonstrate mastery of computational skills and display problem-solving ability. At each level, Grades 6-8, courses emphasize the development of problem solving and thinking skills, in alignment with the Common Core State Standards. Instruction focuses on strengthening verbal and written communication, reasoning, and application of terminology and symbolism. The use of calculators and computers is encouraged within appropriate units of study.

In an attempt to maintain balance between the need for expansion of knowledge and the reinforcement of mathematics skills, students are grouped within each grade level team. This allows for integration of math with other subjects and facilitates movement between levels in math.

At Grade 6 students extend whole number, fraction, and decimal skills, and work with positive and negative numbers, ratio and proportion, percent, algebraic equations, and geometry.

Pre-Algebra 7 Enriched is intended for mathematics students with excellent quantitative skills and demonstrated capacity for dealing with abstract concepts. Algebraic and geometric concepts are taught in an interrelated manner. Arithmetic procedures involving fractions, decimals, and signed numbers are solidified. Units involving statistics and geometry are also presented. Students demonstrating success in this course (a B average) tend to continue into the Algebra 1 Enriched program in eighth grade.

Grade 8 Algebra 1 Enriched provides a challenging, in-depth experience with the three key elements of Algebra: equations and inequalities, graphing, and interchangeable use of words and symbols. An important goal of this course is to lead students toward more independence in their learning through continuous previewing and reviewing of concepts. Complex applications of Algebra are introduced as the traditional skills are developed. Strands involving informal geometry, probability, statistics, and discrete mathematics are interwoven throughout the course. Students demonstrating success in this course tend to continue into the Geometry program in grade nine and are eligible to apply for placement in the Honors level. Specific information regarding the Honors application process is distributed in January of the eighth grade year.


While all students in Grades 6-8 are provided a variety of learning opportunities in our English/Language Arts classes, a select group of students are able to use their insight and knowledge to read and write with a greater degree of sophistication. Students displaying this ability are placed into The Art of Debate. Forensics in Grades 6-8 is intended to teach the students the value of logically structuring arguments and allows development of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.

Placement into this class is data driven and re-evaluated on a yearly basis. All students will be reassessed each year and will gain entry into the course only if the criteria have been met. Placement is only guaranteed for a single academic year.


Honors classes are offered in English 2, 3, and 4, U.S. History 1 and 2, physics, world languages, and mathematics.

Current Grade 8 students who wish to take Honors Physics or Honors Geometry will be accepted based upon performance on the following criteria:

1. Student application

2. Student grade performance at midterm

3. Placement test

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English 3 and 4, U.S. History 2, European History, United States Government and Politics, World History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1 and 2, Environmental Science, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Statistics, French, Spanish, Latin, Computer Science, and Music Theory. New additions for 2016 include Macroeconomics and Psychology. These courses are designed to provide students with an academic challenge beyond that which is provided in other courses and the opportunity to attain college credit at the high-school level. There is a greater amount of work required and the work is more difficult. Assignments and activities are specifically designed to require students to think more critically at a higher level. All students in AP classes are required to take the AP exam in that subject.

Most honors and AP courses require a summer assignment. Honors/AP students must be prepared to accept the academic challenges of these courses. Specifically, students applying to these courses will:

a. have a high level of interest in the subject matter and be motivated to participate and to learn;

b. have an academic ability strong enough to handle the subject matter at or near the college level;

c. have the background and academic preparation required to enter the course;

d. demonstrate the characteristics of maturity, self-discipline, persistence, and independence all of

which are required for successful performance in the course;

e. demonstrate excellent attendance;

f. have strong writing and reading skills;

g. prepare for and take the AP exam in May if the course is an AP course.

Specific honors/AP courses may include additional requirements as specified in the Summit High School Course of Studies.

Students are encouraged to apply for an honors or AP course if they meet the selection requirements listed in the Summit High School Course of Studies and are willing to work hard. Consulting with current teachers, school counselors, and department supervisors are valuable steps in this process. Summit High School students presently in an honors/AP course will be accepted into the next level in a certain subject area if they have a B- or better average at the midterm with no grade less than C+. If the student does not meet the above criteria and still wishes to take the class he/she must follow the designated appeal process. The student will be accepted into the course if he/she has achieved an average of B- or better in the third marking period. Summit High School students presently in a regular level course within a certain subject area will be accepted into an honors/AP course if they have an A- or better average at the midterm with no grade less than B and a recommendation from their current teacher.

If the student does not meet the above criteria and still wishes to take the class, he/she may be accepted based upon the decision of the department supervisor.

Any student selecting more than three honors/AP courses may be taking on too much work. Acceptance into an honors class or AP class is a full year commitment except for United States Government and Politics, a 2.5 credit class. Changes out of these classes are not permitted unless there are extenuating circumstances. In no case will a change be made before the end of the first grade-reporting period. Students who are performing poorly may be removed from the class administratively.

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