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    #124493 - 03/02/12 08:49 AM Need your advice!
    Agent99 Offline

    Registered: 05/30/11
    Posts: 82
    Loc: Oregon
    I need some tips on how to navigate our obstructive middle school principal so that DS12 can work at his level. I just discovered through the grapevine that it's a strong possibility the "honors" language arts program will be cut next year.

    He currently is in the 7th grade version of this class and it has been a huge disappointment to him and us. DD slogged through the same 8th grade class a few years ago. Teacher is a great woman, but at the time about half of the class was reading at a 4th grade level! DS is beyond differentiation as his reading and comprehension level last summer was equivalent to a college freshman.

    We are thinking of skipping him to the high school freshman english honors class so that he'll be somewhat challenged. I'm concerned that principal will toss out that he's missing required learning such as the holocaust, media and consumer units. None of this concerns us as he's a history buff and knows full well about the holocaust and I plan on having him read Anne Frank's diary.

    Media and consumer not worried about as I worked in tv for years and both my kids are well versed on both subjects. But how do I convince school? High school principal is fine with this as ds will already be attending for Algebra 2.

    #124635 - 03/04/12 01:00 PM Re: Need your advice! [Re: master of none]
    RobotMom Offline

    Registered: 02/25/09
    Posts: 604
    Loc: in a happier place
    Once you find out if those topics are required by the state find out how the state determines whether or not a student has covered those topics. Often times items are in the state curriculum and therefore required, but if a student were to move to the state after that year, they too would be missing those topics and would not be required to go back a year to make them up. If there is an end of course state exam, then ask that DS be allowed to take the test this year as a way to test out of the class for next year.
    If you call the state dept. of ed. they will be able to tell you what is legal to do in the state, as well as give you advice as to how to meet the requirements in different ways than the traditional. (At least that is what we were able to find when we called the state and talked to people in the gifted ed. section.)
    Many states do not actually count middle school courses as being requirements for graduation. It is only the high school courses that are required, and the timing of those are usually up to the individual school district to determine.


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