Differentiating instruction means that teachers vary the delivery of curriculum to address the specific needs of learners. State standards and benchmarks tell us what students need to know. Through pre-assessment, the classroom teacher looks at each student’s readiness, interest and learner profile to determine each learner’s needs.
Offering rigorous curriculum means providing depth, flexible pacing, complexity, choice and increased student engagement and self-directed learning. The more challenging materials allow high-achieving students to go deeper with their learning than before. In every core class (English/language arts, math, social studies and science), teachers differentiate instruction so that students continue to go deeper to extend their mastery of the content they are expected to learn. Teachers identify students who can and should tackle more challenging work within a course.
Students may qualify and elect to participate in the accelerated math course offerings. Students participating in some courses (Algebra I, Non-Linear Algebra, Geometry) may choose to earn high school credit.
Students who elect to participate in Spanish 1 or French 1 may choose to earn high school credit. Students should consult with their middle school counselor for more information about earning high school credit in middle school.