Middle School Gifted Education Programming
Lakeville Area Public Schools middle schools are serviced by a half time (.5) gifted education specialist. Listed below are the honors courses available to middle school students.
Middle School Honors Courses
|Grade 6||Grade 7||Grade 8|
|Honors Math/ Honors Pre-Algebra||Honors Math/Honors Algebra 1||Honors Math/Geometry|
|Communications Seminar||Honors Communications||Honors English|
|Language Arts Seminar||Honors Language Arts||Honors Earth Science|
|Honors Life Science|
6th grade Ignite!/Discover students will automatically be placed in the Language Arts and Communications “Seminar” classes and these sections will be filled out by other high achieving students who have not been identified as gifted. We place students according to current data because we do not want students to have to “apply” for an “honors” course upon entering middle school. William & Mary curriculum from the Center for Gifted Education is integrated and taught by the core classroom teacher. Additional curriculum modifications occur throughout the year as well to serve high ability students by providing higher levels of rigor and complexity around the same essential learnings as “regular” Language Arts and Communications classes. In the spring of the 6th grade year, students will apply to Honors classes for 7th grade. Being placed in the seminar in 6th grade does not guarantee placement in Honors 7.
William and Mary Curriculum
William and Mary units are integrated throughout the English Language Arts curriculum.
Middle School Math Progression
Three tiers of math are available for 6th graders: Math 6, Honors Math 6, and Honors Pre-Algebra. All three tiers will use the McDougall Littell math series and will use our school district’s Essential Learnings, the MN State Standards and MCA specifications as their curricular base.
5th graders who are currently placed in high math will be recommended for Honors Math 6 if their Fall and/or Winter MAP Mathematics scores are in the 90-96% range and they have a quantitative or composite CogAT score at 90% or above. The CogAT test will be administered this spring at each elementary school to high potential math students. Please note that if a CogAT score is close to, but not at the 90% and a student has had consistency in their MAP achievement scores and strong success in 5th grade math, the student may also gain entry into honors math.
Students in the sixth grade Honors Math course will likely follow this mathematics course progression:
- Honors Math 6
- Honors Math 7
- Honors Algebra 1
Students will then be able to “skip” Algebra in high school and enroll directly in Geometry or an appropriately challenging high school course.
To be considered for placement in the Honors Pre-Algebra course, students need:
- A RIT score in the 97th-99th percentile on the Fall and/or Winter Mathematics MAP test.
- A quantitative CogAT score at the 90th percentile or above.
The Honors Pre-Algebra course will use the Math 3 (McDougall Littell) textbook. The teacher will implement Advanced Placement (AP) concepts, assignments, and teaching strategies to present the students with a rigorous course of study that will further develop and enhance their mathematical abilities.
Students in the sixth grade Honors Pre-Algebra course will likely follow this mathematics course progression:
- 6th grade: Honors Pre-Algebra
- 7th grade: Honors Algebra 1
- 8th grade: Honors Geometry (High School Credit and GPA impact)
Student progress will be evaluated continuously to determine each student’s appropriate course placement throughout their three years in middle school. We work hard to continuously evaluate student course placement and consider additional evidence that may propel a student into advanced coursework throughout their middle level experience. If a student does not gain placement immediately in an honors course, it does NOT mean they will not be considered in the future.
Middle School Gifted Program Helpful Links
- Summer Gifted & Talented Institute
- Center for Talent Development Summer Program 2015
- Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY)
- Free programming classes at U of M for kids!
- Center for Talent Development Northwestern University
- Northwestern University Academic Talent Search
- SENG Online Parent Support Groups
- UMPTYUMP Math opportunities at U of M
- MN History Day Research
For more information about middle school level gifted programming, please contact the gifted specialist at your child’s school.