Grades 6 - 8 Promotion Information

  • Student Progression

    All students in middle school receive instruction in approved state and district grade-level courses and standards. The middle school curriculum is comprised of courses in core academic and elective areas that provide instruction based on standards approved by the state of Florida. These subject areas include English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, fine arts, world languages, and career/technical education. More specific information on these standards and courses can be accessed at this website:
    http://www.cpalms.org/Public/.  Depending on individual student  needs and assessment results, some students may be required to enroll in remediation courses for mathematics
    and/or English Language Arts, which may take the place of electives.

    In order to be promoted to high school, students must successfully complete the following required courses:

     

    Courses/Subjects

    Course
    Requirements

    Additional Information

    English Language Arts (core)

    3 year-long middle school courses

    Students will receive instruction in literature, composition, technical texts, and comprehension of multimedia.

    Mathematics (core)

    3 year-long middle school courses

    Middle school students enrolled in high school Algebra I must pass the statewide, standardized end-of-course (EOC) exam to qualify for a standard high school diploma. The EOC exam constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. If a middle school student does not pass the EOC assessment in middle school, the student will have multiple opportunities in high school to retake the course and/or assessment.

    Middle school students enrolled in high school geometry must earn a passing score for the course and take the statewide, standardized geometry assessment (EOC) to earn high school credit for the course. The EOC exam constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade.

    Science (core)

    3 year-long middle school courses

    Middle school students enrolled in Biology I must earn a passing score for the course and take the statewide, standardized Biology I EOC assessment to earn high school credit for the course. The EOC exam constitutes 30 percent of a student’s final course grade.

    Social Science (core)

    3 year-long middle school courses

    Students must successfully complete a civics course during middle school.

    A student’s score on the Civics EOC exam will constitute 30 percent of the civics course grade.

    Physical Education

    1 semester-long course in grades 6, 7, and 8

     

    (total of  3
    semester-long

    courses)

    Students may select additional physical education courses.

    This requirement may be waived under the following conditions:

    • The student is enrolled in a remedial course.
    • The student’s parent requests in writing that the student enroll in another course.
    • The student participates in physical activities outside the school day, which are equal to or in excess of the mandated requirement (documentation required).

     

    A summary of required courses at the middle school level is provided in the table below:

    GRADE

    ELA

    MATH

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

    SCIENCE

    PHYS. ED*

    ELECTIVES**

    TOTALS

    6

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    6

    7

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    6

    8

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    1

    6

    * Courses are required unless waived

    ** Students scoring Level 1 or Level 2 on the state FSA ELA assessment may be enrolled in an intensive reading course in lieu of an elective course. Students scoring Level 1 or Level 2 on the state FSA Mathematics assessment  may also be enrolled in an intensive math course in lieu of an elective course.

     

    A summary of grade promotion and retention based on the passing of required courses is as follows:

    End of Grade

    Courses Passed

    Status

    6

    All core courses passed

    Promoted to Grade 7
    Regular 7th grade student

    6

    Two of four  core courses passed

    Scheduled to repeat courses not passed as appropriate

    6

    Less than two core courses passed

    Retained 6th Grade Student

    7

    All core courses passed

    Promoted to Grade 8
    Regular 8th grade student

    7

    Two of four core seventh-grade courses passed and required sixth-grade courses

    Scheduled to repeat courses not passed as appropriate

    7

    Less than two of four core seventh-grade courses passed and/or repeated
    sixth-grade courses not passed

    Retained 7th Grade Student

    8

    All four core courses passed in each grade level (6, 7, & 8)

    Promoted to Grade 9

    8

    One or more core courses not passed

    Retained 8th Grade Student

     

    High School Coursework Taken During Middle School

    Students may take selected high school courses in middle school. Factors to consider in taking high school courses as a middle school student include the student’s maturity, motivation, and ability to balance rigorous academic requirements.

     

    High school credit may be earned for EOC courses such as Algebra I, biology, and geometry, provided that all applicable end-of-course assessment requirements are met.

     

    All high school credit courses taken in middle school will be included in the high school transcript and will be calculated into the student’s high school grade point average (GPA), subsequently impacting class rank. These earned credits will be applied toward the total credits needed for graduation, college admissions, and/or the Florida Bright Futures Program requirements. Furthermore, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has outlined specific requirements regarding athletic scholarship eligibility for courses taken prior to the start of ninth grade.  See your guidance counselor for additional information.

     

     

Last Modified on July 30, 2019