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    [All courses use the CP weighting column except Honors English I and Algebra I.  Weightings for each course grade on the current quarter's report card are averaged to calculate total GPA for honor roll.]
     
    Principal's Honor Roll: 4.250 ^
    Honor Roll:  3.625 ^
     
     
     

     
     
    Core Levels Offered

      6th grade7th grade8th grade
    ELAELA 6
    Accelerated
    GT
    ELA 7
    Accelerated
    GT
    ELA 8
    English I Honors *
    MathMath 6
    Acc. Math 6/7A
    GT
    Math 7
    Acc. Math 7B/8
    GT Pre-Algebra
    Math 8
    Algebra I CP *
    Algebra I Honors *
    ScienceScience 6
    GT
    Science 7
    GT
    Science 8
    GT
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
         
    * High School Credit--Honors is weighted heavier in the overall GPA than College Prep.  
     GPA determines college acceptance, scholarship opportunities, and class rank.  It is essential that students maintain a high class average; otherwise it will be detrimental to their high school GPA and therefore future opportunities.  In order to receive the SC Academic Honors Achievement Award and the A5 Academic Honors Achievement Award, students must have As and Bs in all of their high school courses.  According to district policy, a CP student who does not have at least a 77/C average at the end of the first or second nine weeks will be moved to Math 8.   An Honors student who does not have at least a 77/C average at the end of the first semester will be moved to ELA 8 and/or Algebra I CP.  (It is advised that the parent request withdrawal from Honors at the end of the first nine weeks if the student does not have at least a 77/C average).  In addition, a student must earn a yearly average of an 85/B or higher to continue with Honors classes in high school an an average of 77/C or higher to continue with CP classes in high school.  A Math 8 student must earn a yearly average of an 85/B or higher to move to CP Algebra in high school.  This is why evaluating student progress first nine weeks is so important.  Attendance is essential as a student may not miss more than 10 days of a high school credit-bearing class.  A student can enter Honors science in high school with at least a B in regular 8th grade science or at least an A in GT 8th grade science. 
     
     
     
     

    Placement Criteria
    The following criteria is used to determine appropriate placement.  All are important in the overall calculation. 
    • ELA and Math PASS testing scores
    • Reading, Language Usage, and Math MAP testing scores
    • Benchmark Writing scores
    • Math Proficiency Test scores
    • Class averages



    Gifted and Talented

    Gifted and talented students are those who are identified in grades 3-12 as demonstrating high performance ability or potential in academic and/or artistic areas and who therefore require an educational program beyond that normally provided by the general school program in order to achieve their potential.  Whereas both Accelerated and GT classes move at a faster pace than the regular grade level classes in order to prepare the students for high school level English and Algebra in eighth grade, GT classes go into greater depth and breadth than Accelerated.  Students identified as GT are served in GT science.  They must qualify for placement in ELA and math (by meeting two of the three criteria:  93 class average, 94th percentile in spring or fall MAP, top 10% of PASS).  See HERE for a helpful document about placement criteria.  Each GT class includes students who are identified as gifted and are taught by a GT endorsed teacher who differentiates instruction in order to meet the learning needs of GT students.  Click HERE to see how typical characteristics of gifted learners compare to other students.  See Anderson District Five's GT webpage for more information.  GT science courses follow the district's Approved Curriculum Guide.  GT ELA uses Junior Great Books and William and Mary units.  GT Math uses Math Innovations curriculum.  Take the Gifted and Talented Survey to help us improve our programs.  
      

    SUMMER READING:
    6th Grade:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
    7th Grade:  Nothing but the Truth by AVI
       

     




    Novels

    Our district provides a required novel for each student. These will be barcoded through our school library and checked out to students during each novel unit. Please treat these as textbooks. The novels are the property of Anderson School District Five. They must be returned to the school in the same condition in which they were checked out, or replacement fees will be charged to you. Feel free to purchase your own copy of the novel if you would like your student to be able to write in his or her book. In addition, teachers may choose a novel from the optional list, in which case more information and copies of the books will be provided. 
      
     
    Below is a list of the required novels for the year:
    6th GradeManiac Magee, My Life with Chimpanzees or The Cay
    6th Grade AcceleratedLottery Rose, Phineas Gage
    6th Grade GTMy Daniel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, A Wrinkle in Time, Bridge to Terabithia, A Long Way from Chicago, Maniac Magee
    7th GradeThe Man Who Loved Clowns or Among the Hidden, So Far from the Bamboo Grove or The Watsons Go to Birmingham
    7th Grade AcceleratedShipwreck at the Bottom of the World or Bud Not Buddy, Devil’s Arithmetic
    7th Grade GTAnne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, Maus II, The Member of the Wedding, Hiroshima, The Devil’s Arithmetic, So Far from the Bamboo Grove
    8th GradePercy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, Hoot, The Outsiders or The Giver, Double Dutch or Stargirl
    English ITo Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey or Mythology, Romeo and Juliet
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