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Middle School Honors Program

The MUSD middle school honors program is designed to meet the needs of high achieving students through advanced learning opportunities which provide a qualitatively differentiated curriculum, acceleration, and depth and complexity of subject matter.  Honors courses are offered in mathematics and language arts for 6th and 7th grade with the addition of honors science in 8th grade.  The curriculum includes extensive reading and writing and requires that students have excellent work habits and strong organizational skills.  All MUSD 5th grade students will be given assessments in May and June which will be used along with standardized test scores and report card grades for placement in honors courses in 6th grade.

The following criteria will all be considered in establishing a holistic profile for honors placement in 6th grade:

  • Math
    • 5th grade overall math report card grades for all three trimesters
    • Algebra readiness test score
    • Math scale score on SBAC State Standards Test
  • Language Arts
    • 5th grade overall writing report card grade from all three trimesters
    • English Language Arts scale score on SBAC State Standards Test
    • 5th grade overall reading grades from all three trimesters

7th Grade/8th Grade

Students in 6th grade honors courses receiving B’s or higher each trimester will continue in honors.  Students will be re-evaluated for placement in honors/accelerated classes in 7th and 8th grade using the following criteria:

  • Math
    • Average of three trimesters math grades
    • End of year Algebra Readiness Test
    • Math scale score on SBA State Standards Test
  • Language Arts
    • Average of three trimesters language arts grades
    • End of the year writing assessment
    • English Lanuage Arts scale score on SBAC State Standards Test


Criteria for 9th Grade Math Placement

Math placement policy MUSD (4).pdf (Click to View PDF)