Why are middle science scores not taken into consideration for placement in HS Science?
The goal of the middle school science program is to expose students to a variety of topics, and to inculcate curiosity and excitement in STEM education. Our courses are also designed to instill in them science and engineering skills and practices that prepare them to be good students of science, and to train them to achieve scientific literacy.
In addition, in order to be successful in Physics, it is imperative that students have strong foundation in math.
Hence the decision to use only math scores to make placements.
How are student placements determined for grade 9?
•PES - if students are placed in Algebra 1 for 9th grade
•Academic PES – if students have scored less than 83% in Middle School Algebra, or have earned greater than 85% in Linear Algebra
•Physics 1 - if students have completed Algebra 1 by end of June with an average score of 83% or greater, or if students have completed Math 8 with a score of 95% or greater.
•Honors Physics - if students have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry by end of summer with an average score of 87% in each
•AP Physics 1 (previously named AP Physics B) - if students have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry by end of June with an average score of 93% in each. (Note: Students who complete Geometry in the summer will not be placed in AP Physics 1 in the Fall.)
HS Science Course Sequence and Electives at a glance