The Summit Public Schools are committed to providing learning opportunities which will challenge all children while simultaneously meeting the unique needs of the academically talented students. Recognizing that some students may benefit from enrichment activities, the District has provided teachers with enrichment resources and activities for each math and ELA unit. These activities are implemented during daily instruction.
IDEAS Pilot Program
The Summit Public School System is committed to providing learning opportunities which will challenge all children while simultaneously meeting the unique needs of the academically talented student. The IDEAS program (INNOVATIVE DISCOVERY EDUCATION AT SUMMIT) is a pullout program for academically talented students in the district elementary schools. The focus of the IDEAS program is to promote creative thinking skills, higher cognitive operations, problem solving skills and to increase knowledge, comprehension and application in content areas.
Students in IDEAS will meet for approximately 90 minutes per week.
Multiple criteria are used to identify academically talented students in grade 4. Initial identification is done at the end of third grade for the fourth grade school year. A review of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) as well as a district Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy assessment determine a child’s eligibility for the program. Once a student enters the IDEAS program, the student may continue participating in the program for fifth grade unless it is decided otherwise by the parent, student and IDEAS teacher.
Grade 3 CogAT:
Based on a bell curve of Standard Age Scores (SAS), which are a comparison of all test takers in the same age group, a child must score in the 8th or 9th stanine (90th-99th percentile) to be considered for eligibility. This information is located on your child's student score report.
- Grade 3 CogAT SAS Verbal: 120 or higher OR
- Grade 3 CogAT SAS Quantitative: 120 or higher OR
- Grade 3 CogAT SAS Non-verbal: 120 or higher
- Grade 3 End of Year Math Assessment Score: 94% or higher OR
- Grade 3 End of Year Writing Prompt Score: 4
Recognizing that very capable students may not meet the profile for IDEAS, but may benefit from enrichment activities, the District has provided elementary teachers with resources and activities for each math and ELA unit. In addition, many of the schools offer enrichment activities during lunch or after school. We are dedicated to making sure all students reach their fullest potential.
ACCELERATED MATHEMATICS Grades 6-8
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 New Jersey Student Learning 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. The Accelerated Math 6 program will explore the same curriculum as Math 6, yet will address each topic with more depth and complexity. More opportunities to explore abstract algebraic concepts will also exist in this course in preparation for an enriched experience in Pre-Algebra 7. Students demonstrating success in this course (a B+ average or better) tend to continue into the Pre-Algebra 7 Enriched program in seventh grade.
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 or better) 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.The course ("Forensics") is designed to expose students to a variety of competitive middle school forensic events, as established by the National Forensic League's National Speech and Debate Association. Each grade level focuses on different competitive events. Students are challenged with varying writing prompts and public speaking exercises throughout the course. This course allows students to dig deeper into the grade level writing standards and to provide students with opportunities to practice public speaking to build confidence and foster life skills. The hope is that this course will spark students' curiosity and encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities such as the school's theatrical productions, TEDx, and the debate team.
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.
- Marking Period 1 and Marking Period 2 Grades (95% or higher in each marking period)
- Internal Data from Multiple Assessments
- A Writing Prompt
- Honors and Advanced Placement Expectations & Requirements
- 9th Grade Honors Courses
- 10th-12th Grade Honors Courses
- Advanced Placement Courses
These courses are designed to provide students with an academic challenge beyond what is provided in other courses and the opportunity to attain college credit at the high-school level. There is a greater amount of coursework required, which is more challenging and rigorous. Assignments and activities are specifically designed to require students to think critically at a higher cognitive level to prepare them for college and career readiness. All students in AP classes are required to take the AP exam in that subject.
Honors/AP students must be prepared to accept the academic challenges of these courses. Most honors and AP courses require a summer assignment.
Specifically, students applying to these courses should have:
a. a high level of interest in the subject matter, the background knowledge required to enter the course and be motivated to learn
b. a strong academic ability to handle subject matter at the college level
c. self-discipline, curiosity, persistence and independence to be successful in the course
d. a history of and maintain excellent attendance
e. strong reading and writing skills
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. 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 appeals 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 should evaluate the amount of work the courses will require and consider how he/she will balance the course work. Acceptance into an honors class or AP class is a full year commitment except for Macroeconomics and United States Government and Politics, 2.5 credit classes. Schedule changes in and out honors and AP courses will not permitted unless there are extenuating circumstances. In no case will a change be made before the end of the first grade-reporting period. If a student is performing poorly he/ she may be removed from the class based on an administrative decision.
9th Grade Honors Courses: Physics Honors and Honors Geometry
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
4. Performance in current math class
5. Current teacher input
Advanced Placement courses are offered in:
- English: English Language and Composition and English Literature and Composition
- History: U.S. History II, European History, Macroeconomics, United States Government & Politics, and World History
- Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics I, , Physics C, and Environmental Science
- Mathematics: AB Calculus, BC Calculus, and Statistics
- World Language: French Language and Culture, Spanish Language & Culture, Spanish Literature & Culture, and Latin Literature
- Electives: Psychology, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles and Music Theory