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Middle School Student Progression

Enrollment

Full-time

Full-time middle school students must be enrolled in seven annual courses, or the equivalent; the instructional options include traditional and virtual courses via Hillsborough Virtual School or Florida Virtual School.

Part-time

Part-time enrollment is limited to students co-enrolled in the Hospital/Homebound program or registered with the district for the Home School Education program. Eligible students may enroll part time at the assigned attendance area school, an approved choice school, or a virtual school.

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Course of Study

Grade 6 Grades 7 and 8
Language Arts Language Arts
Mathematics Mathematics
Science Science
Social Studies Social Studies
Reading Physical Education
Physical Education Electives (2)
Career Research and Decision Making & Elective (1)

Intensive Courses

Intensive courses provide supplemental remediation and are highly recommended for students scoring below level 3 on the English Language Arts Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) or scoring at the lower range of level 1 on the Mathematics FSA.

Intensive reading and/or mathematics courses may be scheduled in place of elective(s) and/or physical education.

Civics Requirement

Civics is required as one of the three social studies courses for students enrolled in grades 6 through 8 and is normally scheduled as a grade 7 course. However, grade 8 students who have not completed the civics requirement are also scheduled in the course. Grade 8 students who transfer after the beginning of the second semester from an out-of-state school, private school, or home education program may be exempt from the civics course requirement, if the transcript reflects successful completion of three semesters or two annual social studies courses that include the civics education standards. (F.S.1003.4156)

The statewide, standardized End of Course (EOC) assessment in civics education constitutes 30% of the student’s final course grade. Refer to the Middle School, End of Course Exams section for additional information. (F.S. 1008.22)

Physical Education

The equivalent of one class period per day of physical education for one semester of each year is required for students enrolled in grades 6 through 8. This requirement may be waived if the student is enrolled in a remedial, intensive course or the parent requests a waiver in writing for one of the following reasons.

  1. The student participates in physical activities outside the school day that are equal to, or in excess of, the physical education requirement.
  2. The parent requests that the student enroll in another available course.

Students who waive physical education must enroll in another available on-site or virtual course. (F.S. 1003.455)

Non-traditional Course of Study

The course of study for middle school students may be modified to provide appropriate academic intervention for over-age students previously retained in kindergarten through grade 8. This option includes the opportunity to earn high school credit prior to grade 9 placement.

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Academic Acceleration

Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) Options

ACCEL options provide academically challenging curriculum or accelerated instruction for eligible students and may include enriched STEM coursework, enrichment programs, flexible grouping, advanced academic courses, combined classes, self-paced instruction, curriculum compacting, and advanced-content instruction.

The following ACCEL options are available for all eligible middle school students:

  • whole-grade and midyear promotion;
  • subject-matter acceleration;
  • virtual instruction in higher-grade level subjects; and
  • the Credit Acceleration Program (CAP).

The following factors are considered when determining eligibility for ACCEL options:

  • performance on district, state, or other standardized assessment(s);
  • coursework completed and grade point average;
  • attendance and conduct record; and
  • recommendations from a core-curricula teacher and school counselor.

The principal, or designee, will notify the parent when a student is being considered for participation in an ACCEL option. Parents may also request consideration for an ACCEL option by contacting the school counselor or administrator. (F.S.1002.3105)

Accelerated Mathematics Program

The accelerated mathematics program provides an opportunity for middle school students to earn Algebra 1 Honors and Geometry Honors credit, prior to enrolling in high school.

  1. There are two grade 6 options for accelerating mathematics coursework.
    • a. Option one is an on-site, compacted mathematics curriculum.
      • This option is available at sites, pending enrollment of qualifying students.
      • Students scoring level 4 or 5 on the mathematics Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for the prior two years, or the equivalent, and who demonstrate mastery on the district mathematics compacted curriculum placement exam are eligible for this option.
      • Qualifying grade 6 students are enrolled in an on-site grade 7, advanced math course that is compacted to include standards from grades 6 through 8.
      • If a student demonstrates a need for additional time to complete the curriculum, he or she may be transferred to the grade 6, advanced mathematics course. Upon successful completion of the grade 6 and 7 advanced mathematics courses, the student will be placed in the Algebra 1 Honors course in grade 8.
    • b. Option two provides a second mathematics course through virtual school.
      • This option is available at all sites and does not require the district mathematics compacted curriculum placement exam.
      • Students are enrolled in an on-site grade 6, advanced math course (grade 6 standards) and a virtual school grade 7, advanced math course (grade 7 and half of grade 8 standards).
      • Students complete the full version of both courses. This option offers a more in-depth exposure to the grade level standards.
  2. Upon successful completion of the grade 6 and 7 advanced math courses, or the equivalent compacted course, students are placed in Algebra 1 Honors. This course is available on site at all middle schools, pending seat availability, and through virtual school.
  3. Upon successful completion of Algebra 1 Honors, students are placed in Geometry Honors. This course is available on site at middle schools, pending enrollment of qualifying students, and may be accessible at a nearby high school. This course is also available district-wide through virtual school.

Students will be administered the mathematics FSA corresponding to the higher-grade level course. This means that grade 6 students enrolled or co-enrolled in a grade 7 course will take the grade 7 Mathematics FSA . Middle grades students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry take the corresponding EOC exam.

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State Assessments

Students are required by statute to participate in statewide, standardized assessments. Refer to the Exceptional Student Education, Assessment and Waivers section for additional information. (F.S. 1008.22)

  1. Students in grades 6 through 8 are administered the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), except in cases where students are enrolled in a mathematics course requiring an EOC. Students who score below level 3 on statewide assessments may be recommended for remedial instruction.
  2. Students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry will be administered the FS-aligned, End of Course (EOC) exam in place of the Mathematics FSA. Refer to the Middle School, End of Course Exams section for additional information.
  3. Students enrolled in Civics are administered the NGSSS-aligned EOC assessments.
  4. Students in grade 8 are administered the NGSSS-aligned Florida Statewide Science Assessment (SSA), except in cases where students are enrolled in a science course requiring an EOC.
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Course Grades

Grading Scale

The following chart reflects the public school grading system and interpretation of letter grades used to measure student success in grade 6 through 12, as defined by state statute. (F.S. 1003.437)

Letter Scale Quality Points Description
A 90%-100% 4 Outstanding Progress
B 80%-89% 3 Above Average Progress
C 70%-79% 2 Average Progress
D 60%-69% 1 Lowest Acceptable Progress
F 0%-59% 0 Failure

Course Grade Criteria

  1. Middle school courses require a district semester exam or a state End of Course (EOC) exam, with the exception of Career Research and Decision Making and specialized electives. Weighting of semester exams is specific to the course and ranges from 15% to 30%. Refer to the Middle School, Grade Calculation Chart section for additional information.
  2. The semester final grade is calculated by converting the two quarter grades and the district scaled semester exam to quality points, which are weighted and averaged. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, students are required to meet the following criteria to pass a semester course:
    • earn a .5 or higher weighted semester average and pass at least one of the quarter grades; or
    • score a B or higher on the semester exam grade (refer to the grade calculation chart).
  3. In order to pass a middle school semester course that does not require an exam, students must earn a minimum of two quality points.

Make-up Exams

  1. Students who do not take a required district semester exam will receive a temporary “I” (Incomplete) exam grade and an “F” semester grade.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the make-up exam with the teacher or school counselor as soon as possible. The make-up exam window will be available through the end of the following semester.
    • After the make-up exam window closes, the student must appeal to the principal for an exception to make-up an exam.
    • If the student does not make up the exam by the end of the following semester, the exam grade will default to an “F*” and the final semester grade and GPA will be recalculated.
  2. Students who did not take a required EOC exam, will receive a temporary “NG” (No Grade) exam and semester grade. In order to receive course credit, the student must take the exam.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the make-up exam with the teacher or school counselor during the next available state assessment window.
    • The grade will remain an “NG” and credit will be withheld until the exam is taken. Refer to the High School, Grade Enhancement section for information regarding retakes.

End of Course Exams

The state standards and course descriptions specify the expectations for student learning in Florida and provide the basis for the content that will be measured on each Florida End of Course (EOC) assessment. EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Florida Standards (FS) or the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for specific courses, as outlined in the course descriptions.

  1. EOC exams are required and scheduled in place of the district semester 2 exam for Civics. Algebra 1, and Geometry. Refer to the High School, End of Course Exams section for a complete list of high school credit EOC courses.
  2. For courses that require an EOC, the district scaled semester 1 exam and the semester 2 EOC exam are calculated as 30% of the corresponding semester grade.
  3. Final grades for semester 2 cannot be determined until EOC scores are received from the state. Therefore, final grades and transcripts are re-calculated and updated in July.
  4. If a student takes an EOC exam, the report card reflects temporary grades for the exam and the semester average. The exam is reported as an “E” grade, and the semester average is reported as a temporary “P”, “NG”, or “F” semester grade, based on the student’s quarter grades.
    • The “P” grade is assigned and the .50 credit is awarded when the quarter grades meet the minimum criteria to pass the course. In the event that a student’s EOC is invalidated by the state, the exam and final grade is replaced with an “NG” and the course credit is removed, which would require the student to retake the course for graduation.
    • The “NG” grade is assigned and credit is withheld when the quarter grades do not meet the minimum criteria to pass the course; passing the course is contingent upon the EOC results.
    • The “F” grade combined with an “E” exam grade is assigned when the quarter grades do not meet the minimum criteria to pass the course. The exam grade will be updated to reflect EOC results, but the student may be required to retake the course to meet the graduation requirements and/or to earn credit.
  5. If a student enrolled in an EOC course did not take the required exam, the report card reflects a “NG” exam and semester grade. In order to receive course credit, the student must take the exam. It’s the student’s responsibility to request testing in the next available state assessment window. Refer to the High School, Grade Enhancement section for information regarding retakes.

The student is encouraged to attend the Extended School Year (ESY) program if the student has failed a course or has not taken the EOC exam.

Middle School Students Enrolled in High School Credit Courses

  1. Grades earned for high school credit courses are included in the student’s high school grade point average (GPA) and appear on the high school transcript.
  2. Students may increase their high school cumulative, weighted district GPA through honors level coursework. A bonus .04 is added to the student’s cumulative, weighted district GPA for each half credit completed in an honors level course.
  3. The grade enhancement policy for high school credit courses taken prior to grade 9, allows students to replace a grade of C or below with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. The replaced grade is excluded in the cumulative, unweighted state GPA required for graduation, but is included in the cumulative, weighted district GPA used to determine rank in class.
  4. Middle school students do not meet the eligibility and/or prerequisites for high school Advanced Placement (AP) and dual enrollment course work.

Grade Reporting

  1. The online grade reporting system, Edsby, provides parents or guardians and students with access to monitor academic progress. Parents or guardians may initiate communication or request a conference with a teacher through Edsby, email, or phone.
  2. By the end of the fifth week of each grading period, Interim Progress Reports or Scholarship Warnings are issued to students in jeopardy of failing a course. Interim Progress Reports or Scholarship Warnings should be returned with a parent or guardian signature.
  3. Quarterly progress reports (report cards) with course grades are posted through the online grade-reporting system. Each grading period is approximately nine-weeks in length.
  4. Fourth quarter progress reports include the student’s promotion or retention status.

Honor Roll Criteria

Honor rolls are determined based on a student’s academic and conduct quarter grades when the student is enrolled in a minimum of four district courses.

  1. The Principal’s Honor Roll designation is awarded to students who earn A’s for all academic and conduct grades.
  2. The High Honor Roll designation is awarded to students who earn a minimum of three A’s and no grade lower than a B for academic and conduct grades.
  3. The Honor Roll designation is awarded to students who earn B’s or higher for academic and conduct grades.

Semester Grade Calculation Chart

Semester Grade Calculation Chart

A student who does not take a required exam will receive an “I” grade for a district exam or a “NG” for an EOC exam. Refer to Middle School, Make-up Exams section for additional information.

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Promotion Requirements

Promotion and/or retention is determined when final grades are submitted at the end of the regular academic year. (F.S.1008.25)

  1. Middle school students must pass language arts, mathematics, science and social studies to meet annual promotion requirements.
  2. In order to be promoted to high school, middle school students must meet the following cumulative requirements:
    • successful completion of three middle or high school level courses in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, to include one civics education course; and
    • a personalized academic and career plan. (F.S. 1003.4156)
  3. Students scoring a level 3 or higher on the Algebra 1 EOC exam meet the promotion requirement for the corresponding mathematics course.

If a student does not meet promotion requirements, exceptions may be considered per special placement procedures. Refer to the General Statements, Grade Level Placement section for additional information.

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Extended Learning and Extended School Year Programs

The Extended Learning Program (ELP) provides supplemental tutorial, grade enhancement, and course recovery support.

  1. Tutorial support provides non-credit, academic intervention for middle school students scoring below level 3 on the FSA English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics and for students in need of assistance with advanced studies.
  2. Grade enhancement provides an opportunity for students to earn one quality point (grade of P) in place of a failing quarter grade for the corresponding seventh or eighth grade course. ELP grade enhancement does not apply to high school credit courses.
  3. Course recovery provides an opportunity for students who were administratively placed in the current grade to make-up a failing semester grade for a required sixth or seventh grade course.

The Extended School Year (ESY) program provides a summer course recovery option for students to meet the promotion requirements.

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