Glasgow Catalog 2017-2018

Glasgow Middle School

4101 Fairfax Parkway

Alexandria, Virginia 22312

703-813-8700

www.glasgowms.fcps.edu

 

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

703-813-8700    Main Office

703-813-8787    Attendance Line

703-813-8710    Clinic

703-813-8753    Special Education Office

703-813-8740    Student Services

703-813-8712    Library

703-813-8885    After-School Program Questions

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our goal at Glasgow is to help each student reach his/her full potential. For class selection, we encourage students to enroll in the most rigorous course in which they can be successful. We want our students to benefit from the rigor of our curriculum while experiencing a sense of accomplishment.

Parents are an important component of the decision making process when it comes to identifying the best classes for their child. We ask that parents discuss the options with their child to determine which courses will challenge their mind, while also maximizing their learning.  Please make sure to look through this course catalog for descriptions of courses to help you make a more informed decision. You can use the following “Think Sheets” to help you with your discussion with your child about the courses.

While looking through the course catalog, please consider the indicators below for honors courses.

  • Student reads on or above grade level.
  • Student’s motivation remains high when facing a challenge or solving problems.
  • Student will attempt to locate/research answers to their own questions in order to learn and solve problems instead of relying solely on the teacher.
  • Student communicates with clarity and precision in either oral or written responses.
  • Student extends learning by going beyond the parameters of the assignment.

Students who sign up for honors courses and do not pass their SOLs this school year, will be placed in general education classes.  Please be mindful of the math sequence.  If a student goes from general education math class to an advanced or honors math class, the student will skip a grade in math.  For example, students taking Math 6 will take the Math 6 SOL.  But, students taking advanced Math 6 will take the Math 7 SOL.  The student will never learn the Math 6 curriculum.

For current Glasgow students, counselors will pull together your child’s academic record to include; grades, SOL scores, and teacher recommendations in preparation for a meeting with your child.  During this academic advising session, together with the counselor, your child will select the courses he/she would like to take next school year.  A list of the courses will be sent home in the spring.  You can contact your child’s counselor if there are errors or requested changes.

For current 5th grade students, your child’s teacher will make recommendations and a course selection sheet will be sent home to you.  Please come to our rising 6th grade night on February 9th at 6:30 to learn more about our curriculum. A list of the courses requested will be sent home in the spring.

Over the summer, there may be changes to the list of courses due to SOL scores, the need for intervention/remediation classes, or the cancelation of a class due to low enrollment. 

Parents of current 5th grade students, please make sure that your child has the proper vaccination before the start of school. Children who have reached the age of 11, must have the TDAP vaccination in order to attend school.  If your child has not reached the age of 11 before the beginning of school, your child must have a medical exemption from the doctor.  Your child will not be allowed to attend school if you have not provided proper documentation.

Sincerely,

Carmon Golden

Director of Student Services

Glasgow Middle School

 

6th Grade Course Offerings

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 6                                               (110900)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

Students read and study a variety of fiction and nonfiction, building on an understanding of reading as a process that includes analyzing and comprehending texts.  Language study includes building vocabulary, learning about grammar, and spelling.  Through varied and frequent writing assignments, students build on their understanding of writing as a process that includes drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, and publishing.  They use writing to develop ideas and learn new concepts.  Students also learn discussion skills, research skills, and oral communication skills, and learn to adapt speaking and listening to the audience, topic, purpose, and situation.  Reading and writing competencies addressed in the Virginia Standards of Learning are incorporated into the course objective.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 6 HN                                                                                (110936)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

As students read and study a variety of fiction and nonfiction, building on an understanding of reading as a process that includes analyzing and interpreting the text, they make connections across time, place, and subject; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners (e.g.,  problem-based learning, research, and investigations).

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

READING INTERVENTION

READING 6                                                              (110600)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

This course provides an opportunity for students to improve reading and study skills.  Students learn reading skills and strategies that improve comprehension of fiction and nonfiction material.  Reading competencies addressed in the Virginia Standards of Learning are incorporated into the course objectives.  With approval, schools may offer an alternate plan for incorporating reading instruction into other courses.

 

MATHEMATICS

MATHEMATICS 6                                                    (311000)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

Grade 6 mathematics incorporates the fundamental concepts of number and number sense, operations and mathematical facts, geometry, data analysis, measurement, patterns/functions/algebra, and problem solving.  Students develop proficiency in reasoning and communicating mathematically, as well as applying mathematical skills to solve real-world problems.  The grade 6 mathematics program provides appropriate learning experiences so that all students master the objectives in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL), demonstrate computational and procedural fluency, become mathematical problem solvers, learn to communicate mathematically, and learn to reason mathematically.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

ADVANCED MATHEMATICS 6                           (311016)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

Advanced Mathematics Grade 6 incorporates the concepts and skills for number and number sense, operation, geometry, measurement, data analysis and statistics, and patterns/ functions/ algebra.  Students develop proficiency in computational and procedural fluency, through the use of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation.  The Advanced Mathematics Grade 6 provides appropriate learning experiences so that all students master the standards in the Grade 7 Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL).

Students are required to take the Math 7 Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

When deciding between advanced math 6 and general education math 6, please look at the following list.  If your child has not taken advanced math 5 (or compacted math in 5th grade) your child will skip math 6 when taking Advanced math.

What skills do students miss if they do not take Mathematics 6?

  • Integers (order, compare, understand)
  • Positive exponents
  • Perfect squares
  • Ratios (describe, compare)
  • Fractions (multiplication/division)
  • Congruence (segments/angles/polygons)
  • Kites (attributes)
  • Coordinate graphing (4 quadrants)
  • Circle graphs (construction)
  • Mean as a balance point
  • Probability of two independent events

 

SCIENCE

SCIENCE 6                                                                (410500)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

Students will complete four units:  Astronomy; Energy and its Uses; Investigating Chemistry; and Patterns of Weather.  These units incorporate the strands of scientific investigation, reasoning, and logic; living systems; force, motion, and energy; matter; interrelationships in earth/space systems; and resources.  Students will develop science process skills as well as increase their content knowledge.

 

SCIENCE 6 HONORS                                              (410536)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

As they study astronomy, chemistry, energy, and weather, students will think conceptually; make connections across time, place and subject areas; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners, e.g.  problem-based learning, research, and investigations.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

SOCIAL STUDIES 6: U.S. HISTORY TO 1865     (235300)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

This course is available for students in grade 6 at Glasgow, Holmes and Poe Middle Schools.  This grade six course provides a survey of the political, economic, and social challenges facing the United States until 1865.  Students will use historical thinking skills required for geographic analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES 6 HONORS                                   (235336)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

This course is available for students in grade 6 at Glasgow, Holmes and Poe Middle Schools.  This course extends the standard  program of studies for US History in Grade 6, a survey of American history until 1865.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners.  Students will think conceptually; make connections across time, place and subject areas; and perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline.

 

HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION 6         (711000)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                              Credit:  non-credit

Students attain skills, knowledge, and effective strategies as applied to competency in a variety of basic skills related to health and wellness (physical education and fitness activities).  Content knowledge includes skilled movement, anatomical basis of movement, personal fitness planning, social development, and energy balance.  Health units include alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention; personal health; emotional and social health; and human growth and development.

 

WORLD LANGUAGE

ARABIC 6TH GRADE FLES                                                                     (570054)                              36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Prerequisite:  none

In this course, students study the STEAM-integrated POS Units about “The Solar System”, “Air Pollution”, “Recycling Rainwater” and “Wind-Powered devices”.  Students continue to develop the ability to communicate orally and in writing about basic familiar topics.  This course does not count as a world languages high school credit.

 

INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY & FRENCH                           (570060) 36 weeks (year)

Intro to French and Intro to Tech

Grade:  6

Prerequisite:  none

Students are introduced to French language and cultures of people in French-speaking countries.  Students learn basic language structures, vocabulary, and expressions in French.  Students explore traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and how these elements relate to language.  Through study of French, students recognize, compare, and contrast language concepts as well as cultural perspectives, and practices.  This course does not count as a world languages high school credit.

Intro to French and Intro to Tech are taken at the same time during the same class period.

 

ART 6 & INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH                 (570061)                 18 weeks (semester)

Intro to Spanish and Art 6

Grade:  6                                                                                                                                

Prerequisite:  none

Students are introduced to Spanish language and cultures of people in Spanish-speaking countries.  Students learn basic language structures, vocabulary, and expressions in Spanish.  Students explore traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and how these elements relate to language.  Through study of Spanish, students recognize, compare, and contrast language concepts as well as cultural perspectives, and practices.  This course does not count as a world languages high school credit.

Intro to Spanish and Art 6 are taken at the same time during the same class period. 

 

SPANISH 1 PART A                                                                           36 weeks (year)

For Spanish Immersion Students

Grade:  6                                                                                                            

Prerequisite:  Participation in the Elementary Partial-Immersion Program in grades 1-5.

In this course, students further develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their environment.  These language structures include subject pronouns; the verbs to be, to have and basic regular verbs; subject-verb agreement; and expressions of likes and dislikes.  Students study the POS themes and topics of level 1.  Students also explore traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and how these elements relate to language.  This course does not count as a world languages high school credit.

 

ELECTIVES

Students who are interested in taking a music class will need to audition for correct placement.  At the time of registration, everyone will be placed in beginning music until auditions are complete.

BEGINNING BAND                                                                (923210)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6, 7, 8                                                                                                                        

Prerequisite:  none

Beginning level band classes develop skills on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.  Guidance will be given by the instructor in the selection of an instrument.  Simple duets, rounds and other ensemble literature will be performed in class.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922

 

 

BEGINNING ORCHESTRA                                               (923710)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6, 7, 8                                                                                                                        

Prerequisite:  none

Beginning level string classes develop skills on the violin, viola, cello and double bass.  Guidance will be given by the instructor in the selection of an instrument.  Simple duets, rounds, and other literature will be performed in class.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day  participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

CHORUS 6                                                                  (926900)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

 

This course provides instruction in proper vocal techniques, music fundamentals, and rehearsal practices.  Through a variety of choral literature, students will experience two and/or three-part singing.  Types of performances may include concert choral performances, choral choreography, and/or musical dramas.  Students must meet both the school day and after-school participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

THEATRE ARTS APPRECIATION                                (139067)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  6                                                                                                                                

 

Students will develop an appreciation of theatre and the ability to perform through an introduction to the basic concepts of acting, performance and teamwork.  Through observing and participating in a variety of performance activities, students will enhance creativity, confidence and communication.  Students will use skills and knowledge acquired to appreciate and understand the purpose of theatre arts in their immediate and global communities.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

ART 6                                                                                                 (910332)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  6                                                                                                                                

 

This course emphasizes process, product and understanding through the study of visual communication and production, cultural context and art history, criticism, and aesthetics.  This course is required for all 6th grade students.

 

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES 6               (820862)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  6                                                                                                                                

 

This course provides a foundation for managing individual, family, career, and community roles and responsibilities.  Students apply problem solving and leadership skills as they explore areas such as personal goal achievement, responsibilities within the family, accountability for personal safety and health.  Students learn skills related to financial management, clothing maintenance, food preparation, positive relationships with others, and self-assessment as related to career exploration. Mathematics, science, English, social sciences, fine arts, and technology are integrated throughout the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY                                               18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  6                                                                                             

 

Introduction to Technology is offered as the first experience for middle school students.  Students will study the basic elements of technology and explore technological systems including the technological systems including the technological processes of energy, information, construction, transportation, communication, production, and manufacturing.  Students will assess the impact of technology on indivduals, society, and the enviornment.

 

KEYBOARDING                                                                       (615032)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  6                                                                                                                                

 

Keyboarding provides students with the skills necessary to use the computer as a problem-solving tool to complete a variety of projects.  Students participate in team building activities that include both academic and business competencies.  Basic touch keyboarding instruction is provided in the course as well as an introduction to software applications.  Students will use these computer skills to complete cross-curricular activities.

 

AVID                                                                                                  (982816)                 36 weeks (year)

Advancement via Individual Determination

Grade:  6                                                                                                                                

 

Prerequisite:  Participants selected through application and interview process.

Corequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in a honors level course and a world language.

 

This course is designed to support motivated, capable students in pursuing a rigorous course of study leading to acceptance to and success in a four-year college or university.  Through a variety of instructional techniques, students develop skills in higher-level thinking, writing across the curriculum, and reading strategies for accessing challenging course material.  Students develop time management, note taking, research, organization, and other skills fundamental to success in higher-level math, social studies, English, science, and world language courses.  Students participate in college, career, and cultural exploration activities, including field trips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th & 8th GRADE COURSE OFFERINGS

ENGLISH

ENGLISH 7                                                                                    (111000)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

Students read and study a variety of fiction and nonfiction, building on an understanding of reading as a process that includes analyzing and comprehending texts.  Language study includes building vocabulary, learning about grammar, and spelling.  Through varied and frequent writing assignments, students build on their understanding of writing as a process that includes drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, and publishing.  They use writing to develop ideas and learn new concepts.  Students also learn discussion skills, research skills, and oral communication skills, and learn to adapt speaking and listening to the audience, topic, purpose, and situation.  Reading and writing competencies addressed in the Virginia Standards of Learning are incorporated into the course objectives.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

ENGLISH 7 HN                                                                           (111036)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

This course extends the standard program of studies for English 7.  As students read and study a variety of fiction and nonfiction, building on an understanding of reading as a process that includes analyzing and interpreting the text, they make connections across time, place, and subject; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners (e.g.,  problem-based learning, research, and investigations).

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

ENGLISH 8                                                                                    (112000)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

Students read and study a variety of fiction and nonfiction, building on an understanding of reading as a process that includes analyzing and interpreting the text.  Language study includes building vocabulary, learning about grammar, and spelling.  Through varied and frequent writing assignments, students build on their understanding of writing as a process that includes drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, and publishing.  Students practice a variety of writing forms including informational/technical and essay writing.  All students learn research skills and adapt speaking and writing skills to the audience, topic, purpose, and situation.  Reading and writing competencies addressed in the Virginia Standards of Learning are incorporated into the course objectives.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

ENGLISH 8 HN                                                                           (112036)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

This course extends the standard program of studies for English 8.  As students read and study a variety of fiction and nonfiction, building on an understanding of reading as a process that includes analyzing and interpreting the text, they make connections across time, place and subject; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners (e.g.,  problem-based learning, research, and investigations).

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

 

MATHEMATICS

 

MATHEMATICS 7                                                                     (311100)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7

Prerequisite:  Grade 6 mathematics

 

Students examine algebra- and geometry-preparatory concepts and skills; strategies for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data; and number concepts and skills especially proportional reasoning.  Reasoning, problem solving, communication, concept representation, and connections among mathematical ideas are emphasized in a hands-on learning environment.  Graphing calculators and computers are integrated with instruction.  This course provides students the opportunity to acquire the concepts and skills necessary for success in Algebra I or Algebra I Honors.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

MATHEMATICS 7 HONORS                                             (311136)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

Prerequisite:  Grade 6 mathematics

 

The depth and level of understanding in Mathematics 7 Honors is based on Mathematics 8 curriculum and includes extensions and enrichment.  Emphasis is placed on mathematical reasoning, non-routine problem solving, and algebraic connections among mathematical ideas.  This course provides students the opportunity to acquire the concepts and skills necessary for success in Algebra I or Algebra I Honors.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test for Math 8.  

 

MATHEMATICS 8                                                                     (311200)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

Prerequisite:  Mathematics 7

 

Students extend their study of algebra- and geometry-preparatory concepts and skills; strategies for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data; and number concepts and skills especially proportional reasoning.  Reasoning, problem solving, communication, concept representation, and connections among mathematical ideas are emphasized in a hands-on learning environment.  Graphing calculators and computers are integrated with instruction.  This course provides students the opportunity to acquire the concepts and skills necessary for success in Algebra I or Algebra I Honors.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

ALGEBRA 1                                                                                  (313000)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8, 9, 10, 11                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  Mathematics 7 and/or Mathematics 8

 

This course extends students' knowledge and understanding of the real number system and its properties through the study of variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, and analysis of data derived from real-world phenomena.  Emphasis is placed on making connections in algebra to geometry and statistics.  Calculator and computer technologies will be used as tools wherever appropriate.  Use of a graphing calculator is considered essential to provide a graphical and numerical approach to topics in addition to a symbolic approach.  Topics include linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, relations, functions, polynomials, and statistics.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

ALGEBRA 1 HONORS                                                          (313036)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7, 8, 9                                                                                                                         High School Credit:  one/weighted +.5

Prerequisite:  Mathematics 7 and/or Mathematics 8

 

The depth and level of understanding expected in Algebra I Honors is beyond the scope of Algebra I.  Students are expected to master algebraic mechanics and understand the underlying theory, as well as apply the concepts to real-world situations in a meaningful way.  Students extend knowledge and understanding of the real number system and its properties through the study of variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, and the analysis of data from real world phenomena.  Emphasis is placed on algebraic connections to arithmetic, geometry, and statistics.  Calculators and computer technologies are integral tools.  Graphing calculators are an essential tool for every student to explore graphical, numerical, and symbolic relationships.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

GEOMETRY HONORS                                                          (314336)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8, 9, 10                                                                                                                       High School Credit:  one/weighted +.5

Prerequisite:  Algebra 1

 

The depth and level of understanding expected in Geometry Honors is beyond the scope of Geometry.  This course emphasizes two- and three-dimensional reasoning skills, coordinate and transformational geometry, and the use of geometric models to solve problems.  A variety of applications and some general problem-solving techniques, including algebraic skills, will be used to explore geometric relationships.  Conjectures about properties and relationships are developed inductively and then verified deductively.  Students investigate non-Euclidean geometries, formal logic, and use deductive proofs to verify theorems.  Calculators, computers, graphing utilities, dynamic geometry software, and other appropriate technology tools will be used to assist in teaching and learning.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

 

SCIENCE

 

INVESTIGATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE                  (411500) 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

Investigations in Environmental Science builds upon the experiences in the life sciences introduced to students in the upper-elementary grades. Cellular structure and function, heredity, diversity, populations and ecosystems are content strands developed through a sequence of hands-on investigations. To augment the inquiry-based investigations, computer technologies including Vernier probeware, geographic information systems, and streaming videos are used to build background knowledge and enhance student understanding. Process skills related to scientific investigation, reasoning, logic, and the nature of science are integrated throughout the course as students carry out investigations, collect and analyze data, and formulate conclusions.

 

 

INVESTIGATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE HN         (411536) 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

This course extends the standard program of studies for life science. As they study the content strands of cellular structure and function, heredity, diversity, populations and ecosystems the students will think conceptually; make connections across time, place and subject areas; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners, e.g.  problem-based learning, research, and investigations.

 

 

INVESTIGATING MATTER AND ENERGY          (412500)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

Investigating Matter and Energy builds upon the experiences in the physical sciences introduced to students in the upper-elementary grades.  Properties of matter, energy forms and their transformations, and forces and motion are content strands developed through a sequence of hands-on investigations.  To augment the inquiry-based investigations, computer technologies including Vernier probeware and streaming videos are used to build background knowledge and enhance student understanding.  Process skills related to scientific investigation, reasoning, logic, and the nature of science are integrated throughout the course as students carry out investigations, collect and analyze data, and formulate conclusions.  The end of course test covers content from grades 6, 7, and 8.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

 

 

INVESTIGATING MATTER AND ENERGY HN (412536)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

This course extends the standard program of studies for physical science.  As they study the content strands of properties of matter, energy forms and their transformations, and forces and motion the students will think conceptually; make connections across time, place and subject areas; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners, e.g.  problem-based learning, research, and investigations.  The end of course test covers content from grades 6, 7, and 8.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

UNITED STATES HISTORY, 1865 TO THE PRESENT                    (235500) 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

The grade seven program provides a survey of American history since 1865.  This course incorporates the four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics.  Important trends in American history are identified by the analysis of the role of ideas, individuals, and important events.  Students develop historical-thinking skills and extend their understanding of how economics and geography shapes history.

 

US HISTORY 7 HN                                                                   (235536)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

This course extends the standard program of studies for US History in grade 7, a survey of American history since 1865.  As they study the four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics the students will think conceptually; make connections across time, place and subject areas; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners, e.g.  problem-based learning, research, and investigations.

 

CIVICS AND ECONOMICS                                               (235700)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

The grade eight program is designed to prepare students to be responsible, productive citizens in a democratic republic and an interconnected world.  Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and processes of democratic government and the American economic system.  Students examine the role that citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems in the United States.  Students will acquire knowledge of the structure and operation of these systems at the national, state and local levels.  A service learning component helps students personalize citizenship education.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

CIVICS 8 HN                                                                                (235736)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

This course extends the standard program of studies for Honors Civics and Economics in grade 8 which is designed to prepare students to be responsible, productive citizens in a democratic republic and an interconnected world.  As they gain an understanding of the concepts and processes of democratic government and the American economic system the students will think conceptually; make connections across time, place and subject areas; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.  Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners, e.g.  problem-based learning, research, and investigations.  A service learning component helps students personalize citizenship education.

Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.  

 

HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION 7           (712000)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

Students strengthen and/or master basic skills developed at the elementary level.  Emphasis is on highly organized lead-up activities, modified games, and fitness and wellness activities.  Content knowledge includes skilled movement, anatomical basis of movement, personal fitness planning, social development, and energy balance.  Health units include alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention;  personal health; injury and violence prevention; emotional and social health; and human growth and development.

 

 

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION 8           (720000)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

Students continue to strengthen and/or master basic skills, participate in wellness activities, and analyze wellness data through fitness planning.  Content knowledge includes skilled movement, anatomical basis of movement, personal fitness planning, social development, and energy balance.  Health units include alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention; personal health; injury and violence prevention; emotional and social health; and human growth and development.

 

WORLD LANGUAGES

ARABIC 1 PART A                                                                   (501300)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  non-credit

Prerequisite:  none

 

In this course, students begin to develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  These language structures include subject pronouns; the verbs to be, to have and basic regular verbs; subject-verb agreement; and expressions of likes and dislikes.  Students begin to study the POS themes and topics of level 1.  Students also explore traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and how these elements relate to language.  This course does not count as a world languages high school credit.

 

 

ARABIC 1 PART B                                                                   (501500)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  Arabic 1, Part A or permission of instructor

 

Students continue to develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students continue to explore and study the POS themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life.  Credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts towards fulfilling the world languages requirement of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts towards the number of credits required for high school graduation.

 

 

ARABIC 1                                                                                       (501000)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8, 9, 10, 11, 12                                                                                                           High School Credit:  one

 

Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students begin to explore and study the themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life.  For middle school students, this credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts toward fulfilling the world languages requirement of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts toward the total number of credits required for graduation.

 

FRENCH 1 PART A                                                                  (511300)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  non-credit

Prerequisite:  none

 

In this course, students begin to develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  These language structures include subject pronouns; the verbs to be, to have and basic regular verbs; subject-verb agreement; and expressions of likes and dislikes.  Students begin to study the POS themes and topics of level 1.  Students also explore traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and how these elements relate to language.  This course does not count as a world languages high school credit.

 

FRENCH 1 PART B                                                                  (511500)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  French 1 Part A or permission of instructor

 

Students continue to develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students continue to explore and study the POS themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life.  Credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts towards fulfilling the world languages requirements of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts towards the number of credits required for high school graduation.

 

FRENCH 1                                                                                      (511000)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8, 9, 10, 11, 12                                                                                                           High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  none

 

Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students begin to explore and study the POS themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life.  For middle school students, this credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts toward fulfilling the world languages requirement of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts toward the total number of credits required for graduation.

 

SPANISH 1 PART A                                                                 (551300)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  non-credit

Prerequisite:  none

 

In this course, students begin to develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  These language structures include subject pronouns; the verbs to be, to have and basic regular verbs; subject-verb agreement; and expressions of likes and dislikes.  Students begin to study the POS themes and topics of level 1.  Students also explore traditions, customs, beliefs, and cultural contributions and how these elements relate to language.  This course does not count as a world languages high school credit.

 

SPANISH 1 PART B                                                                 (551500)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  Spanish 1, Part A or permission of instructor

 

Students continue to develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students continue to explore and study the POS themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life.  Credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts towards fulfilling the world languages requirements of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts towards the number of credits required for high school graduation.

 

SPANISH 1                                                                                     (551000)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8, 9, 10, 11, 12                                                                                                           High School Credit:  one

 

Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students begin to explore and study the POS themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life.  For middle school students, this credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts toward fulfilling the world languages requirements of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts toward the total number of credits required for graduation.

 

SPANISH FOR FLUENT SPEAKERS 1 PART A  (551363)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  non-credit

Prerequisite:  None

 

In this course, fluent speakers of Spanish begin to strengthen their basic skills in reading and writing Spanish.  The students learn about the Hispanic contributions to the English language and American culture.  The students also study the major historical figures and events of Spanish-speaking countries.  The course is conducted in Spanish.  This course does not count as a world languages high school credit.

 

SPANISH FOR FLUENT SPEAKERS 1 PART B  (551561)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  Spanish for Fluent Speakers 1 Part A or permission of instructor

 

In this course, fluent speakers of Spanish continue to strengthen their basic skills in reading and writing Spanish.  The students learn about the Hispanic contributions to the English language and American culture.  The students also study the major historical figures and events of Spanish-speaking countries.  The course is conducted in Spanish.  Credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts towards fulfilling the world languages requirements of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts towards the number of credits required for high school graduation.

 

SPANISH FOR FLUENT SPEAKERS 1                      (551100)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8, 9, 10, 11, 12                                                                                                           High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  Permission from instructor

 

This course offers fluent speakers of Spanish the opportunity to strengthen their basic skills in reading and writing Spanish.  The students learn about the Hispanic contributions to the English language and American culture.  The students also study the major historical figures and events of Spanish-speaking countries.  The course is conducted in Spanish and counts toward fulfilling the world languages requirement.  Middle School: credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts toward fulfilling the world languages requirements of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts toward the total number of credits required for graduation.

 

SPANISH IMMERSION 1                                                    (551067)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  Participation in the Elementary Partial-Immersion Program in grades 1-5.

 

This course serves as a transition from elementary partial-immersion to the sequential world languages high school program.  Students expand their knowledge of the language to include communicating about themselves and their immediate environment.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  The content of this course is aligned with the Level 1 POS.  Credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts towards fulfilling the world languages requirements of the high school Advanced Studies diploma.  It also counts towards the number of credits required for high school graduation.

 

 

SPANISH IMMERSION 2                                                    (552068)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                 High School Credit:  one

Prerequisite:  Seventh Grade Immersion 1

 

This course is designed to meet the needs of the immersion students in regard to their second language development.  Students continue their development of language proficiency in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  They read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples while studying the themes and topics of Home Life, Student Life, Leisure Time, and Vacation and Travel.  The content of this course is aligned with the Level 2 POS.  Credit becomes part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts towards fulfilling the world languages requirements of the Advanced Studies diploma.  This course counts toward the number of credits required for graduation.

 

READING INTERVENTION

 

RESPONSIVE WRITING                                                      (011049)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                

 

Responsive Writing is a one-semester English Writing SOL support class for 8th grade students.  This intervention class will focus on implementing the writing process and applying the Six Traits of Writing.  These classes are capped at 15 students. Built around best practices in writing, such as conferring, using mentor text, and supporting real-world writing, this class offers students strategies that enable them to write effectively.

 

 

READ 180 NEXGEN                                                                (110867)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

READ 180 is a full year reading intervention course designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is well below the proficient level. The course addresses individual needs through direct teacher instruction, high-interest reading material, and adaptive instructional software. Because it is an intervention course, READ 180 is capped at 15 students. It can be accessed by both seventh and eighth graders from ESOL, general, and special education populations. Depending on their proficiency level, some students might be in the course for two years.

 

 

 

ACTION LITERACY 7                                                           (011047)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

Action Literacy 7 is a one-semester SOL support class for the English Reading SOL (not Writing SOL) for 7th grade students reading on or just below grade level.  The classes are capped at 15 students.  These students have word acquisition skills and comprehension skills near grade level (on grade level to two years below grade level), but their general comprehension is literal or low level.  The focus of this course is explicit reading strategy instruction.

 

 

ACTION LITERACY 8                                                           (011048)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

Action Literacy 8 is a one semester SOL support class for the English Reading SOL (not Writing SOL) for 8th grade students reading on or just below grade level.  The classes are capped at 15 students.  These students have word acquisition skills and comprehension skills near grade level (on grade level to two years below grade level), but their general comprehension is literal or low level. The focus of this course is  explicit reading strategy instruction.

 

BUSINESS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

COMPUTER SOLUTIONS                                                   (660932)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                                                            

 

 

Computer Solutions uses project based learning to teach practical computer skills that can be applied to all courses across the curriculum.   Instruction includes units in proper keyboarding technique, computer components, operating systems, presentation tools, spreadsheets and charting, databases, word processing, integration, internet research tools, and computer ethics. This course extends student expertise in the 16 Career Clusters and develops an understanding of career pathways with an emphasis on career and college readiness. The above is achieved through meaningful and fun projects that engage all learners.

 

 

CODING AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES                       (616032)          18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                         

 

Prerequisite:  Computer Solutions or equivalent skill

 

Coding and Innovative Technologies introduces students to coding and emerging technology through hands-on projects. Students will learn introductory coding concepts through a variety of apps and interactive web sites.  In addition, students will actively use technology to complete small group or individual projects.  Students become confident in their ability to program and are prepared to use tools that are becoming standard in the workplace and in everyday life.

 

FINE ARTS - MUSIC

Students who are interested in taking a music class will need to audition for correct placement.  At the time of registration, everyone will be placed in beginning music until auditions are complete.

 

                                                                                                               

BEGINNING BAND                                                   (923210)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6, 7, 8                                                                                     

Prerequisite:  none

 

Beginning level band classes develop skills on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.  Guidance will be given by the instructor in the selection of an instrument.  Simple duets, rounds, and other ensemble literature will be performed in class.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

INTERMEDIATE BAND                                         (923310)          36 weeks (year)

Level 1

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                        

Prerequisite:  Successful audition

 

Intermediate level band students will continue to develop skills on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.  A variety of musical styles will be studied through the playing of band literature.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day  participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

ADVANCED BAND                                                   (923410)          36 weeks (year)

Level 1

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                         

Prerequisite:  Successful audition

 

Advanced level band offers instruction to the advanced player.  In-depth study of musical concepts will be conceptualized through challenging band literature.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

 

BEGINNING ORCHESTRA                                        (923710)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6, 7, 8                                                                                     

Prerequisite:  none

 

Beginning level orchestra classes develop skills on the violin, viola, cello, and double bass.  Guidance will be given by the instructor in the selection of an instrument.  Simple duets, rounds, and other literature will be performed in class.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day  participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA                                 (923810)          36 weeks (year)

Level 1

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                         

 

Prerequisite:  Successful audition

Intermediate level orchestra students will continue to develop skills on violin, viola, cello, and double bass.  A variety of musical styles will be studied through the playing of string orchestra literature.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day participation requirements to receive credit for this course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

ADVANCED ORCHESTRA                                        (923910)          36 weeks (year)

Level 1

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                         

 

Prerequisite:  Successful audition

Advanced level orchestra offers instruction to the advanced string player.  In depth study of musical styles will be realized through challenging string orchestra literature.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day participation requirements to receive credit for this course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

 

 

ADVANCED TREBLE CHORUS                                (928911)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                         

Prerequisite:  Successful audition

 

This course offers advanced instruction in vocal techniques, music fundamentals, and sight-reading.  Through a variety of challenging choral literature, students will experience three and/or four-part singing.  Types of performances may include concert choral performances, choral choreography, and/or musical dramas.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day  participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

ADVANCED BASSO CHORUS                                  (928912)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                          Credit:  non-credit

 

 

This course offers advanced instruction in vocal techniques, music fundamentals, and sight-reading.  Through a variety of challenging choral literature, students will experience three and/or four-part singing.  Types of performances may include concert choral performances, choral choreography, and/or musical dramas.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day  participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

ADVANCED CHORUS                                               (928910)          36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                         

 

Prerequisite:  Successful audition

 

This course offers advanced instruction in vocal techniques, music fundamentals, and sight reading.  Through a variety of challenging choral literature, students will experience three and/or four-part singing.  Types of performances may include concert choral performances, choral choreography, and/or musical dramas.  Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day  participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

MUSIC PARTICIPATION LAB 1                                (921132)          18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                         

Prerequisite:  none

 

This course provides students an opportunity to examine many kinds of music.  Students will be actively involved in music through singing, listening, playing instruments, moving, and improvising.  Other experiences may include vocal and instrumental ensembles, musical dramatizations, contemporary music, computer music, guitar, piano, and/or recorder.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

FINE ARTS - VISUAL ARTS

 

ART FOUNDATIONS                                                             (910532)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                                                            

 

Explore a variety of art materials, develop art techniques, and use creative thinking skills to express ideas and viewpoints about personal experiences and the world through the concept of transformation.  Produce meaningful and unique drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and crafts in a studio setting.  Study artists and their works to gain understanding of the artistic process and learn about art produced at different times and in diverse cultures.  Make interdisciplinary connections based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for all disciplines.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

3D ART EXPLORATION                                                      (910632)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite:  Art Foundations or eighth grade standing

 

Work in the third dimension by creating sculptures, ceramic objects, models and installations that express ideas about personal experiences and observations of the world through the concept of boundaries.  Learn to use a variety of art media, non-traditional materials, tools and equipment to compose, construct, and form functional and decorative artworks.  Build knowledge, refine skills, improve techniques, and craftsmanship to meet challenges and solve problems in unique ways.  Investigate three-dimensional artworks produced by artists in different times and places to inform the art-making process.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

ART EXTENSIONS                                                                  (911532)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite:  Art Foundations

 

Use new materials and techniques to refine artmaking skills.  Develop a personal style and attain a high level of quality and craftsmanship in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and crafts.  Interpret and express feelings and ideas related to the concept of relationships in innovative ways.    Study artists from different times and diverse cultures.  Learn to critique personal artworks and the works of others to inform art-making.  Make interdisciplinary connections based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for all disciplines.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

COMPUTERS IN ART                                                            (911562)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite:  Art Foundations or eighth grade standing

 

Integrate the computer and associated technology with traditional art media and practices to create orginal artwork.  Work with a variety of software applications including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator or other available software to explore the concept of roles through a variety of subjects and artforms.  Make interdisciplinary connections based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for all disciplines.  Develop knowledge regarding ethical issues concerning computer generated imagery.  Prior computer experience is not required.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

ART EXTENSIONS - FULL YEAR                                (911500)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8

Prerequisite:  Grade 8 with recommendation of teacher

 

This full-year course offers an opportunity for eighth grade students with interest and above average performance in art to refine artistic skills and techniques. Create advanced level art projects that  interpret and express personal feelings, experiences, and observations through the concept of relationships. Work with a variety of media and tools including technological applications in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Evaluate and critique personal artworks and the works of others to inform art-making. Study art history and culture and analyze the works of artists while making interdisciplinary connections based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for all disciplines.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

FINE ARTS - THEATRE ARTS

 

 

THEATRE ARTS APPRECIATION                                (139067)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  6, 7, 8                                                                                                                        

 

Students will develop an appreciation of theatre and the ability to perform through an introduction to the basic concepts of acting, performance and teamwork.  Through observing and participating in a variety of performance activities, students will enhance creativity, confidence and communication.  Students will use skills and knowledge acquired to appreciate and understand the purpose of theatre arts in their immediate and global communities.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

ADVANCED THEATRE ARTS APPRECIATION                               (139568) 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

Prerequisite:  Theatre Arts Course in Grades 6 or 7 and/or recommendation of the theatre or speech arts instructor.

 

Students who are continuing the study of theatre arts for a second year will be taught to analyze, apply and expand the skills developed in the introductory class.  They will participate in a variety of dramatic activities and perform for varied audiences.  Participation in co-curricular theatre performances may be required.  This course is designed for students who are interested in an expanded study of theatre arts, oral communication and production.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES 7               (826332)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

Students learn how to maintain their living and personal environments and to use nutrition and wellness practices.  Students also apply consumer and family resources, develop textile, fashion, and apparel concepts, and explore careers related to Family and Consumer Sciences.  Time is also provided for developing early childhood education concepts and leadership skills.  Mathematics, science, language, social sciences, and technology are integrated throughout the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES 8               (824432)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

 

This course simulates life experiences that provide a foundation for managing individual, family, career, and community roles and responsibilities.  Students focus on their individual function in the community as well as how the community influences individual development.  Students enrich their knowledge of nutrition and wellness practices, apply clothing construction skills and maximize consumer and family resources.  The course provides students with the background on the stages of early childhood development as related to childcare.  Time is provided for career exploration that will assist students in high school course selection.  Mathematics, science, language, social sciences, and technology are integrated throughout the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION

 

ENGINEERING DESIGN AND MODELING         (846432)                 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  7                                                                                                                                

 

Students apply the engineering design process to solve real world problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. This course challenges students to develop higher order problem solving skills by stimulating creativity in a hands-on learning environment.  Academic subject disciplines such as applied physics, algebra, and geometry powerfully come alive as students design, build, and test modern structure and vehicle prototypes. Students acquire 21st Century Skills like communication and team problem solving, through the mastery of engineering concepts such as CAD and mechanical advantage.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.  

 

ENGINEERING SIMULATION AND FABRICATION                   (846332) 18 weeks (semester)

Grade:  8                                                                                                                                

 

In this course students will experience how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics interact to create our technological society.  By active participation in research, design, fabrication, and prototype testing, students will explore various topics in Technology, such as structural engineering and transportation systems.  Students will develop problem solving strategies and work place skills that will be useful in 21st century careers.  This course is a dynamic approach to many academic subject areas to include mathematics and science by physically demonstrating these concepts in real world applications with a focus on critical thinking skills and problem solving.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.

  

GENERAL

 

AVID                                                                                                  (982816)                 36 weeks (year)

Advancement via Individual Determination

Grade:  6, 7, 8

                                                                                                                                               

Prerequisite:  Participants selected through application and interview process.

Corequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in either algebra or a world language.

 

This course is designed to support motivated, capable students in pursuing a rigorous course of study leading to acceptance to and success in a four-year college or university.  Through a variety of instructional techniques, students develop skills in higher-level thinking, writing across the curriculum, and reading strategies for accessing challenging course material.  Students develop time management, note taking, research, organization, and other skills fundamental to success in higher-level math, social studies, English, science, and world language courses.  Students participate in college, career, and cultural exploration activities, including field trips.

 

LITERARY ARTS:  JOURNALISM                               (116159)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  6, 7, 8                                                                                                                        

 

Students learn basic publication and journalism skills focusing on writing articles and designing layouts for the yearbook.

 

 

MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS                                    (139060)

Glasgow News Show                                                                                                             36 weeks (year)

Grade 7, 8

 

Through this course, students will apply communication skills using different types of media.  Students will learn and use the correct vocabulary while working in this course.  Students will earn the tools for working in front of and behind the cameras.  Additional skills covered include: audio and video editing, script writing, creating story boards, correct interview skills, wiring audio and video equipment, correct research, digital photography, and using computer software for presentations.  Students will be responsible for creating, producing, and broadcasting shows that could be aired for Glasgow Middle School’s News program.

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES

 

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS                                           (781980)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                                                             Credit:  non-credit

 

This elective course is designed to provide support to a student in core curricular areas and to provide direct instruction in specific learning strategies, study skills, time management, organization, and self-advocacy skills. Time is also allotted to address individual areas of need as identified in a student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP). While students may receive assistance on core curricular assignments, the course is not designed to serve as a study hall. Students enrolled in the course receive the equivalent of one period of instruction each day. Students may enroll in this course multiple years as appropriate.

 

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT                                          (781540)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                                                            

 

This course is designed to provide instruction to enhance personal development and interpersonal skills for students with disabilities.  In addition, this course will provide social and/or emotional support in order to progress in the general education curriculum.  Students who participate in the course have documented social and/or emotional goals in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or have a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP).  The areas of instruction for this course include peer relations, self-management, academic skills, compliance skills, and assertion skills.

 

 

WORK AWARENESS AND TRANSITION             (907060)                 36 weeks (year)

Grade:  7, 8                                                                                                                            

 

This year long course is designed to assist students as they begin to consider high school and post secondary options through career awareness and career exploration activities.  Students learn and practice appropriate interpersonal/co-worker interactions, explore interests related to career options and develop work related skills through a variety of work experiences in the school environment.

 

 

Graduation Requirements for Students Who Enter the 9th Grade for the First Time in 2016-2017 and Beyond

 

 

 

 

For more information, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning, which includes more detailed information and tutorials about diploma types and graduation requirements.

STANDARD DIPLOMA

22 CREDIT DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

The requirements for a student to earn a diploma shall be those in effect when the student enters the 9th grade for the first time.  The following applies to students who enter 9th grade in 2016-2017 and beyond.

To graduate from high school, students shall meet the minimum requirements for the Standard Diploma as outlined below, including 22 standard credits, 6 of which must be verified credits.  A standard credit is earned when a student passes a course.  A verified credit is earned when a student passes a course and the associated end-of-course SOL test.  In some cases, students may utilize substitute tests, certifications, or the appeal process to earn verified credits.  State guidelines prescribe the number of verified credits required for graduation for students entering a Virginia public high school for the first time during the tenth grade or after.  Eligible students with disabilities have the opportunity to use credit accommodations to earn a Standard Diploma.  Students must be found eligible for these accommodations.  Consult your school counselor for specific information.

Students receive credit toward graduation for high school courses taken and passed in middle school.  These courses count toward credits in the required sequences as well as toward the total number of credits required for graduation and calculation of the grade point average (GPA).  Middle school parents may request that grades for any high school credit-bearing course taken in the middle school be removed from the student’s high school transcript, and therefore the student will not earn high school credit for the course.  In addition, the student will not be eligible for a verified credit in any course which has been removed from the transcript.  The request to remove a course from the transcript must be made in writing to the middle or high school the student will attend the following year, prior to the end of the first nine weeks.  See current version of FCPS Regulation 2408.

Standard Diploma Course Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-50)

Subject Area

Standard Credits

Verified Credits

English

4

2

Mathematics1

3

1

Laboratory Science2, 6

3

1

History and Social Sciences3, 6

4

1

Health and Physical Education

2

 

World Language, Fine Arts or Career and Technical Ed 7

2

 

Economics & Personal Finance

1

 

Electives4

3

 

Student Selected Test5

 

1

Career and Technical Education Credential8

 

 

First Aid/CPR/AED Training9

 

 

Total Credits10

22

6

 

1 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II.  The Board of Education (Board) shall approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

2 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines:  earth sciences, biology, chemistry, or physics; or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.

3 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and World History/Geography I and World History/Geography II.  AP World History satisfies the requirement for World History/Geography II.

Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives as required by the Standards of  Quality.

5 A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career and technical education, economics, or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC 20-131-110.

6 Students who complete a career and technical education program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association, or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license for (i) the student selected verified credit and (ii) either a science or history and social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit.  The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Board as an additional test to verify student achievement.

7 Pursuant to Section 22.1-253.13:4, Code of Virginia, credits earned for this requirement shall include one credit in fine or performing arts or career and technical education.

8 Students shall earn a career and technical education credential approved by the Board that could include, but not be limited to, the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia Workplace Readiness Assessment.

9 Students are required to be trained in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators, including hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

10 Students shall successfully complete one virtual course, which may be a noncredit-bearing course or elective credit bearing course that is offered online.

ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA

26 CREDIT DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

The requirements for a student to earn a diploma shall be those in effect when the student enters the 9th grade for the first time.  The following applies to students who enter 9th grade in 2016-2017 and beyond.

To graduate from high school with an Advanced Studies Diploma, students shall meet the minimum requirements as outlined below which include 26 credits, 9 of which must be verified credits.  A standard credit is earned when a student passes a course.  A verified credit is earned when a student passes a course and the associated end-of-course SOL test.  In some cases, students may utilize substitute tests or certifications to earn verified credits.  State guidelines prescribe the number of verified credits required for graduation for students entering a Virginia public high school for the first time during tenth grade or after.  Consult your school counselor for specific information.

Students receive credit toward graduation for high school courses taken and passed in middle school.  These courses count toward credits in the required sequences as well as toward the total number of credits required for graduation and calculation of the grade point average (GPA).  Middle school parents may request that grades for any high school credit-bearing course taken in the middle school be removed from the student’s high school transcript, and therefore the student will not earn high school credit for the course.  In addition, the student will not be eligible for a verified credit in any course which has been removed from the transcript.  The request to remove a course from the transcript must be made in writing to the middle or high school the student will attend the following year prior to the end of the first nine weeks. See current version of FCPS Regulation 2408.

Advanced Studies Diploma Course Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-50)

Subject Area

Standard Credits

Verified Credits

English

4

2

Mathematics1

4

2

Laboratory Science2

4

2

History and Social Sciences3

4

2

World Language4

3

 

Health and Physical Education

2

 

Fine Arts or Career and Technical Ed

1

 

Economics & Personal Finance

1

 

Electives

3

 

Student Selected Test5

 

1

First Aid/CPR/AED Training6

 

 

Total Credits7

26

9

 

1 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among:   Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Board of Education (Board) shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.

2 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: earth sciences, biology, chemistry, or physics; or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.

3 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and World History/Geography I and World History/Geography II.  AP World History satisfies the requirement for World History/Geography II.

4 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include three years of one language or two years of two languages.

5A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career or technical education, economics, or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC 20-131-110.

6 Students are required to be trained in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators, including hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

7 Students shall successfully complete one virtual course, which may be a noncredit-bearing course, or may be a course required to earn this diploma that is offered online.

POSTSECONDARY PLANNING

Each middle school in Fairfax County Public Schools provides a sequential postsecondary planning program that focuses on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and self-understanding necessary to achieve postsecondary goals.  As part of this planning, students develop and initiate a Student Learning Plan.  This plan provides opportunities for students to identify strengths and interests, explore college and career options, and develop postsecondary goals.  To assist in the process, information and resources are provided through the school counseling program at your school and are available online.

GRADING SYSTEM

A        (93-100)  = 4.0        B-    (80-82)  = 2.7      D+   (67-69)      = 1.3

A-      (90-92)    = 3.7        C+   (77-79)  = 2.3      D     (64-66)      = 1.0

B+      (87-89)    = 3.3        C     (73-76)  = 2.0      F      (below 64)            = 0.0

B        (83-86)    = 3.0        C-    (70-72)  = 1.7

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

Middle schools do not calculate a grade-point average.  High school grade point average (GPA) is calculated on the basis of all courses for which high school credit has been earned or attempted, including repeated courses previously passed.  In order for a repeat course to raise a GPA, the student’s grade must be higher than the one originally given.  All classes appearing on the high school transcript including high school classes taken in summer school, middle school, elementary school, or online are included when calculating GPA.

Algebra 1 Honors, Geometry Honors and Algebra 2 Honors receive an additional 0.5 weight added to the final grade upon successful completion of the course.  Successful completion is defined as completing the course with a passing grade.  For example, a final grade of A in an honors class shall receive 4.5 quality points.

High school credit bearing courses dropped will not be counted in grade point average (GPA) except when a final grade of F is received:  (a) for the fourth grading period of a full-year course, or (b) for the second grading period of a semester course.  A student's GPA is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the number of courses included in the transcript.  The grade point average is reported to three decimal places (thousandths). Fairfax County Public Schools does not rank its students.

EXPUNGING HIGH SCHOOL COURSES TAKEN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

In accordance with Virginia Board of Education regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course.  Parents must make this request in writing no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The form to make this request, along with the process for making the request, is available at:  https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf or through your student’s school counselor.  Parents are strongly advised to discuss this decision with their student’s school counselor and the impact of expunging a course on desired high school diploma type and standard and verified credit requirements.

PASS-FAIL

The Fairfax County School Board policy permits students to take certain high school courses on a pass-fail basis.  With parental/guardian approval, middle and high school students are given the option of taking one high school elective credit per school year on a pass-fail basis.  For middle school students, this may be applied only to high school world language credits or ESOL courses that count towards high school world language credits.  Any student wishing to take a course as pass-fail shall indicate this by completing a Request for Pass-Fail Status form requiring parent/guardian approval requiring parent approval and returning it to designated school personnel on or before the 22nd school day or by the first half of the first grading period subsequent to entering the course.  This decision may not be reversed.  If a student drops a class being taken on a pass-fail basis and transfers to a new class, the student shall have 10 school days to make a decision as to whether the new class will be taken on a pass-fail basis, provided it is a high school world language or ESOL course.

 

 

Grades are determined as follows:

  • ''P'' for an A, A-, B+, B, B-,C+,C, C-, D+, D which will receive credit but will not count in grade-point average.
  • ''F'' for an “F” which will receive no credit but will be counted in grade-point average.

COURSES TAKEN OUTSIDE OF FCPS

Currently enrolled FCPS students who wish to take a course outside of FCPS and transfer back the credit must follow the guidelines provided in the current version of FCPS Regulation 2408.  Please note that there are limited options for students to pursue credit outside of FCPS during the September—June school year, with more options available in the summer.  Students must have written approval from their school prior to enrolling in the course. The course must meet the requirements outlined in the Regulation 2408 and Virginia Board regulations.  For additional information about pursing coursework outside of FCPS for credit, please contact your school counselor.

WITHDRAW POLICY

For the first grading period only, a student has five days after the date on which report cards are sent home in which to drop a course without having a grade recorded.  Courses dropped are not counted in the grade point average except when an F is received for the course.  Middle schools do not calculate grade-point averages; however, if a high school credit course is taken by a middle school student, courses dropped are not counted in the high school grade-point average except when an F is received for the course.  Unless the principal approves an exception, a student may not withdraw during the final quarter of a course if he or she is passing the course. If a student drops a course during the:

1st quarter:     No penalty--nothing is recorded.

2nd quarter:    WP (withdrawn passing) or WF (withdrawn failing) is recorded.  Exception: For semester courses a WP or F for                           failure is recorded.

3rd quarter:     WP or WF is recorded.

4th quarter:     WP or F for failure is recorded.

PROMOTION POLICY

Middle School

To qualify for promotion, seventh and eighth grade middle school students must demonstrate knowledge and competency based upon identified standards of achievement in the four core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  To guarantee promotion, students must demonstrate proficiency in the foundational knowledge and skills in each of the four core subject areas and earn a passing final grade based on grade level expectations.

Students normally shall progress annually from level to level.  Exceptions may be made when, in the judgment of professional staff members, such exceptions are in the best educational interests of the students involved.  Retention of students shall be affected only after prior notification of and explanation to the student’s parents or guardians; however, the decision shall rest with the base school principal.

To be placed in grade 9, the student must be promoted from the 8th grade.

WORLD LANGUAGES PROFICIENCY CREDIT

The Credit Exam for World Languages is given in each fall and winter to students who wish to demonstrate written proficiency in one of several languages:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Twi, Urdu, or Vietnamese.  Students who are successful on the exam receive two world languages credits which may be used to fulfill the world languages requirements/electives of the Advanced Studies or Standard Diplomas.  In addition, middle school students in grades 6-8 enrolled in certain ESOL 5720-5730 courses may receive up to two world languages credits towards high school graduation requirements in the two-plus-two option for fulfilling the world languages requirement.  High school students enrolled in ESOL 5720 courses may receive elective or up to two world languages credits toward high school graduation requirements in the two-plus-two option for fulfilling the world languages requirement.  For more information on the exam, go to:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages or contact the World Languages Team at 571-423-4602.

ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Fairfax County Public Schools Advanced Academic Programs seek to provide academic rigor to all students who are interested in challenging learning experiences designed to meet the unique learning profile of a broad range of advanced learners.  Through a continuum of opportunities, students engage in complex subject matter, preparing them for more challenging and rigorous classes as they advance in grade level.

Advanded Academic courses at the middle school consist of Honors classes and the Level IV Center program.  Honors classes, aligned with national standards for gifted and talented education, are open to all students.  The goal of Honors classes is to provide extensions to the Program of Studies that add depth and complexity.  Resources, units, and lessons are designed to nurture and develop advanced academic potential in all learners.  The extensions in Honors classes encourage students to think conceptually; to make connections across time, place and subject; to perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and to self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process.

At the middle school level, Fairfax County offers open enrollment in Honors social studies, English, science, and mathematics.  Students who have demonstrated high achievement, interest, and/or potential in one or more academic areas and seek academic rigor may enroll in Honors classes.

Students eligible for full time Level IV center placement have the option to take full honors at their local middle school.

Advanced Academic courses in high school are open to all students.  Students have the opportunity to enroll in honors courses as underclassmen and continue in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), concurrent enrollment, and dual enrollment courses.  Students may earn college credits based on the results of their examinations (AP or IB) or course grade (concurrent and dual enrollment).  Student transfer applications may be submitted for an AP or IB program if the base school does not offer the desired program of study.  For more information on the transfer process, please vist the web site at:  https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/high-school.

AP and IB courses are advanced-level courses with external exams.  Students who take AP and IB courses are required to complete the examinations. 

The Advanced Academic program responds to the requirement of the Virginia Board of Education that each local school division plan and implement an instructional program for gifted and talented students at all levels K-12.  Courses designated as honors, Level IV, IB or AP fulfill this requirement. Differentiated curricula and teaching strategies which stress critical thinking skills, creativity, and problem solving are integrated into the content of all advanced academic course offerings.  The four-year sequence of courses in each of the academic disciplines, which progress from honors to AP, and IB, provides a continuous and balanced advanced academic program.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) is a program designed for students in grades 6-10 and is available to all students in IBMYP schools.  The program helps students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a rapidly changing world.  FCPS curriculum is supported and enhanced by concept-based learning with a focus on developing Approaches to Learning skills:  communication, organization, self-management, thinking and research.  IBMYP schools develop intercultural awareness, and provide a holistic learning experience for all students.  The IBMYP program is available at the following middle and high schools:  Annandale, Poe, Holmes, Stuart, Glasgow, South Lakes, Hughes, Mount Vernon, Whitman, Lee, Key, Edison, Twain, and Robinson.

Advanced Placement in High School

Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church, Hayfield, Herndon, Lake Braddock, Langley, Madison, McLean, Oakton, South County, West Potomac, West Springfield, Westfield, and Woodson High Schools offer the Advanced Placement (AP) program.  Individual AP courses are also offered at other high schools.  All students enrolled in an AP course are required to complete the end-of-course AP exam.  Students may receive college credit and/or placement based upon their exam grades.  The AP program is offered in English, social studies, mathematics, science, world languages, and fine arts.  AP courses are offered as open enrollment to all students committed to rigorous, academic work.  Students taking at least 3 AP exams with at least a grade of 3 on each are recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars. Further information about the AP program may be obtained by contacting the school counselor or AP coordinator at the participating school.

 

International Baccalaureate in High School

Annandale, Edison, Lee, Marshall, Mount Vernon, Robinson, South Lakes, and Stuart High Schools offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).  To qualify for the IB Diploma, students must select at least one subject from each of six IB subject groups, including English, world languages, mathematics, science, social studies, and an elective.  Students take at least three and not more than four of these subjects at higher level (HL), the others at standard level (SL).  All students enrolled in an IB course are required to complete the end-of-course IB exams.  IB diploma candidates must complete 150 hours of extracurricular activities and community service, take the Theory of Knowledge course, and write a 4000 word essay on a topic of their choice.  Students in IB schools may also take IB courses in areas of academic strength and interest.  IB diploma course students take one or more IB courses and the associated exam(s) and receive recognition for each IB exam with a score of “4” or better.

Lee, Mount Vernon, and South Lakes offer the IB Career-related Program (IBCP).  To qualify for the IBCP students must complete a two-year CTE sequence, two IBDP courses, and demonstrate world language development.  IBCP candidates must also complete community service, take the Approaches to Learning course, and complete a reflective project related to their CTE course of study.

The IB program is offered in English, social studies, mathematics, science, world languages, fine arts, and other electives.  IB courses are offered as open enrollment to all students committed to rigorous academic work.  Further information about the IB program may be obtained by contacting the school counselor or IB coordinator at the participating school.  Annandale, Edison, Lee, Mount Vernon, Robinson, South Lakes, and Stuart High Schools implement the IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP) in 9th and 10th grades.  Students may choose to work toward the MYP certificate at authorized high schools, which requires the completion of a personal project at the end of 10th grade and success on the MYP 10th grade assessments.

Thomas Jefferson High School For Science And Technology

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is a unique Fairfax County public school offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology.  As the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia, the school serves students who are selected in a competitive process and intend to pursue college preparation in the sciences, engineering, or related fields.  Students may obtain information about application procedures and deadlines from the School Counseling Office of their local schools or by calling Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Office of Admissions at 571-423-3770 or at:  https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions.

FCPS ONLINE COURSES

FCPS Online Campus is a program designed to provide students with an online option for earning high school credits toward graduation.  This program supports the Governor’s “Early College Scholars” program by providing advanced courses to students.

Students registered in any Fairfax County Public School are eligible to apply to take a course through the FCPS Online Campus.  These courses are for students who have scheduling conflicts, transportation issues, or have special needs requiring web-based instruction.  Tuition will be charged when a student is already scheduled to receive seven credits during the academic year or when a student enrolls in an FCPS online summer course.  Students must meet all course requirements to enroll in an FCPS online course.  Students interested in enrolling in an FCPS Online Campus course should consult their school counselor for information regarding the registration process.  For more information go to:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/online-campus.

The following courses are currently available online for middle school students:

  • Geometry, Geometry Honors,  Algebra 2,  Algebra 2 Honors, Precalculus Korean 1, Korean 2, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Chinese 1

STUDENT FEES

Courses that require a student fee for consumable materials have been designated in this catalog.  The schedule of divisionwide student fees to be charged for any elective course can be found in Notice 5922 at:  http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/files/8VTGQE44E4F6/$file/R5922.pdf.  Students eligible for the federal Free and Reduced-Price meals program may have course and test fees waived.  For more information, see your school counselor.