Options available for gifted middle school students
Honors and advanced-level courses in mathematics and language arts are designed to provide a more rigorous curriculum and higher expectations for student performance.
Check with individual middle schools for other courses provided at the schools. Instruction incorporates creative and productive thinking, problem solving, critical thinking skills, research, personal development and communication. Honors courses prepare students for high-school level honors and advanced placement courses. Advanced math is one level ahead. Honors English, science and social studies are enriched and/or advanced at grade level.
Students qualify for placement in an honors course by meeting district requirements for placement in the gifted program, or by a combination of previous success in the subject area, superior performance on related achievement tests, and/or recommendation by previous teachers of the subject. If you wish to have your 6th grade child tested contact the Gifted office at 602-449-2113.
Digital Learning Center at Sunrise Middle School. A project-based learning environment that embodies 21st century learning through ubiquitous technology, featuring literature integration within the content area. Please contact Sunrise Middle School at 602-449-6100 for tour information.
Honors Academies at Desert Shadows Middle School.
The two Honors Academies at Desert Shadows Middle School provide honors core classes --English, math, science, social studies -- with an emphasis in one of two programs: world languages and pre-engineering. For information contact the school directly at 602-449-6800. Visit the school website
for further information.
International Baccalaureate program at Vista Verde Middle School.
The IB Middle Years Program is a rigorous academically challenging program. Students are challenged to develop in an increasingly interrelated technological society. Visit the school website.