Enriched and Accelerated Courses
in Selected Middle Schools
As part of the
middle school magnet field test, every fifth grader in the Takoma Park
and Eastern middle schools magnet programs catchment area was centrally
reviewed for potential to access enriched and accelerated instruction. The following middle schools are part of the
catchment: Benjamin Banneker, Briggs Chaney, William H. Farquhar, Robert
Frost, Herbert Hoover, Cabin John, Francis Scott Key, Col. E. Brooke Lee,
Newport Mill, Rosa Parks, North Bethesda, Thomas W. Pyle, Silver Creek, Silver
Spring International, Sligo, Tilden, Julius West, Westland, Earle B.
Wood, White Oak, and the Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) schools:
Arygle, A. Mario Loeiderman, and Parkland.
Based on the results of the central review process,
significantly more students surfaced demonstrating the potential to thrive with
enriched and accelerated instruction. While some students were invited to attend
the magnet, based on the data, many more demonstrated an instructional need for
enriched and accelerated instruction.
In order to address the increased need, new enriched and accelerated
courses modeled after the instructional approaches and curriculum implemented
in the Humanities and Communications and Math, Science, and Computer Science
magnet programs are being implemented at local middle schools.
Course offerings will begin with the 2018–2019 school year
and include mathematics and humanities. Decisions regarding the number of courses
offered at each school will be monitored and finalized based on student
enrollment and performance data. All middle schools in the
catchment area will implement one or both courses with the exception of
the three MSMC schools. MSMC schools are whole-school magnets with
enrichment and acceleration opportunities embedded in the programs. School staff in the field test catchment area
will receive professional learning, consultation on master scheduling,
and central services support.
Below you will find
Applied Investigations into Mathematics (IM) 6
is designed to extend students’ understanding of mathematical concepts aligned
with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards, accelerating the pace of
instruction while diving deeper into concepts at an equal level of intensity.
This is much more than an accelerated mathematics course as the program offers
access to many academic competitions and the opportunity to conduct fieldwork. Students work with an academic cohort to
conduct independent inquiries using mathematics, computer science, and the
scientific process to solve real-world problems.
Historical Inquiry into Global Humanities 6
is built around the core Grade 6 social studies curriculum that includes
historical content from early civilizations, the empires of Greece and Rome,
the dynasties of China, and civilizations of the first millennium. Cohort
students will go beyond this core however as they learn additional content,
explore deeper connections to today, engage in investigative inquiry to
strengthen their writing through Document Based Questions, and enhance their
learning through relevant literature connections.
Grade 5 students
whose parents had opted them out of testing for the middle school magnet
programs also are being considered for the enriched and accelerated
courses. Middle school principals are reviewing their incoming
Grade 6 student data and notification of individual student placements
will be sent to parents in early April.
For questions about programming, parents
may contact Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, 240.740.3110. After individual placement
notifications occur in April, questions about course(s)
availability, sections, and scheduling may be directed to your middle