Preparing for High School: Middle School Classes and the Transition to AHS MYTHS ABOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL: MYTH # 1: It is not possible to move from standard to advanced classes. MYTH # 2: If you take a World Language in 8th grade, you cannot take any other electives. MYTH # 3: My child will automatically go on to Algebra I once finished with Advanced Math 7 or Honors Math 6. MYTH # 4: If my child takes a high school level class, the grade they receive automatically gets transferred to the high school. MYTH # 5: My child should plan on taking as many AP or DE credits as they possibly can. MATH 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade HONORS Honors 6th Algebra I (SOL) Geometry (SOL) Algebra II (SOL) ADVANCED 6th Advanced 7th Advanced Algebra I (SOL) Geometry (SOL) STANDARD 6th Standard 7th Standard Pre-Algebra Algebra I (x2) (SOL) Trig. / Math Analysis Algebra II (SOL) Geometry (SOL) Calc. A/B Trig. / Math Analysis Algebra II (SOL) Calc. B/C Calc. A/B Space available Items to consider for high school: 1. It is hard to move up a level in math once you get past 7th grade. 2. MESA requires students to have taken both Algebra I and Geometry. 3. Algebra I at AHS is a double-blocked class. Language Arts Standard Advanced Honors 6th Grade Language Arts 6 St. Language Arts 6 Adv. N/A 7th Grade Language Arts 7 St. Language Arts 7 Adv. N/A 8th Grade Language Arts 8 St. Language Arts 8 Adv. (Optional rotation with World Language) N/A 9th Grade English 9 Jumpstart (x2) English 9 Advanced English 9 Honors 10th Grade English 10 Standard English 10 Advanced English 10 Honors (college options available) 11th Grade English 11 Standard (SOL) English 11 Advanced (SOL) English 11 Honors (SOL) (college options available) 12th Grade English 12 Standard English 12 Advanced English 12 Honors (college options available) World Languages SMS Options: Spanish I (7th and 8th grade) AHS Options: Spanish I, II, III, IV, AP French I (7th and 8th grade) French I, II, III, IV, AP German I (7th and 8th grade) German I, II, III, IV, AP Japanese I, II, III, IV Latin I, II, III, IV, AP Items to Consider: 1. 7th and 8th grade World Language = 1 AHS credit. Exceptions made for students with language experience. 2. 3 – 4 World Language classes are required for the college-bound diploma in high school. 3. There is plenty of time to take a World Language in high school. SMS Electives Priority in middle school is to find an area that interests you: 1. Workplace Technology 6 Technology Systems 7 Engineering (Good for MESA) 2. Keyboarding 6 Computer Solutions 7 Design, Write, Publish 8 (Good for Journalism) 3. Life Skills 6 Life Skills 7 Life Skills 8 or Entrepreneurship (Good for Business) 4. Art 6 Art 7 Art 8 + Digital Art 5. Drama 7 Drama 8 6. Band 6 Band 7 Band 8 (double-blocked) 7. Strings 6 Strings 7 Strings 8 (double-blocked) 8. Chorus 6 Chorus 7 Chorus 8 (double-blocked) Advanced Diploma / Standard Diploma: 2 diploma options available for all students. Level of class difficulty does not matter. Credit: Received at the end of each class one takes and passes. Students must accumulate a specific number of credits to graduate (22 for Standard Diploma / 26 for Advanced Diploma). Verified Credit: Received when a student takes and passes a state SOL test with a score of 400 or better (6 for Standard Diploma / 9 for Advanced Diploma). High School Jargon: Why is this important now? Students taking Algebra I and Geometry at SMS will enter the high school with 1 or 2 credits and 1 or 2 verified credits. Students taking a World Language at SMS will enter AHS with at least one credit. High School Jargon (Acronyms!): AVID: The Advancement Via Individual Determination class mission is to prepare all students for college readiness and success in a global society. CATEC: Charlottesville/Albemarle Technical Education Center. MoHMSA: Monticello Health and Medical Sciences Academy. Open House December 4th from 5 – 7 PM. Jr ROTC: Air Force academy located at Monticello High School. MESA: Math, Engineering and Science Academy. Open House December 12th during the AHS Curriculum Fair from 6 – 8 PM. MHS: Murray High School ~ Small setting. Good for nontraditional needs. MESA – Math, Engineering, Science Academy What you need to know: • Applications available December 3rd online or in Guidance. • MESA Open House December 12th during the AHS Curriculum Fair (6 PM – 8 PM) • Applications due the first week of March. • Confirmation letters mailed home in the first week of April. What helps? • Students who finish Geometry in middle school • Grades • Extracurricular activities Advice for the future: 1. 2. 3. 4. Take the right classes – don’t get overwhelmed Work on study habits now Set a routine and figure how to balance that routine with being a kid: • Social needs increase • Sports / electives require more time commitments • Nightly homework amount increases Be ready for the changes that come with high school: • Honors level classes are hard • Attendance counts • PE and Health are required and have homework • Lunch periods are no longer grade-specific • To play a sport, you must be eligible • 4-year plans are important Important Dates for Transition 8th Grade Parent Information Meeting @ SMS: December 10th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Over Winter Break: Parent Portal opens for selection of AHS classes.