Process for 23-24 School Year
Any questions about next year course requests should be emailed to MontfordSchedules@leonschools.net
Next Year Electives
The online form for students to submit their elective requests for next school year will be open ONLY on Thursday, April 20th. The form link is only available through the student’s Canvas Homeroom page. Students get ONE chance to submit their form – they cannot go back and edit the form. It is important students think about what they want as elective choices prior to April 20th. Students will have access to the form starting at 6:00am through midnight on April 20th only through their Canvas Homeroom page. You are welcome to fill the form out at home with your student or your student can fill it out during the school day. Students will get ONE chance on April 20th, anytime between 6am and midnight, to submit the form. They will have an opportunity to request changes to their schedule the week before school starts.
The form is the same question repeated six times. The question is ALL of our elective choices/combinations we offer. This allows students to submit their first two choices and provide alternatives. Please look at the example document to see what the question looks like to be prepared to answer it on Thursday, April 20th.
Any PE Opt Out form must be turned in no later than April 20th. Forms are available at the front desk, on our website, and on the student’s Canvas Homeroom Page. PE is required by law each year of middle school, PE is not removed from a student’s list of requests until a form is received. Forms can be turned in at the front desk or emailed to email@example.com
High School Spanish 1 – Monday, April 17th students will be notified via 1st period teachers if they are eligible to enroll in Spanish 1 next year. If your student is not eligible but wishes to take the course – a Parent Override form must be submitted no later than April 20th. A Parent Override form does not guarantee placement. Forms can be turned in at the front desk or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Year Core Classes
Students are automatically enrolled in the next year's course progression at their current level. You will not receive an email if your student is not switching levels they are currently enrolled in. If they are in general, advanced, or gifted courses this year - they are automatically placed in general, advanced, or gifted courses next year.
The classroom teacher will contact you if they feel your student needs to switch from general to advanced, or advanced to general courses.
If your student is recommended to take high school credit math and science classes next year - you will receive an email on Monday, April 17th. If you do not receive an email on Monday, April 17t, that means your student was not recommended by their classroom teacher to be enrolled in the high school credit courses. If you did not receive the high school credit placement email, but want to enroll your student in high school credit classes - please fill out the Parent Override form.
If for any reason you want your student to enroll in core classes that are different than what is recommended, you are welcome to fill out a Parent Override form. Forms should be submitted no later than Thursday, April 20th and turned in to the front office or emailed to MontfordSchedules@leonschools.net
Core Course Offerings
Montford Middle School offers multiple levels of academic courses to provide a differentiated academic learning environment designed to best meet your student's academic ability. Core classes (Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies) are offered at the general, advanced level, and gifted level. General classes are designed for the regular student at a regular pace. Advanced level classes have additional state standards students must demonstrate mastery on, move at a quicker pace, and are more rigorous then the general level. Gifted classes are only for students who are staffed Gifted and have an Educational Plan (EP). Those classes use the advanced state curriculum, but gifted students are grouped together and instruction is provided by a gifted endorsed teacher using gifted learning strategies.
Montford Middle School also provides high school credit core classes in Math and Science to 7th and 8th graders. 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to start high school credit progression early by taking Algebra I, Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors, Earth Space Honors, or Biology Honors. Students enrolled in these classes are not just taking "advanced" classes, but they are skipping grade level material and jumping ahead. Grades earned in these classes remain on the student's transcript when they leave middle school, are included in the high school GPA, and viewed by college admissions.
Core Course Placement
The previous year's teacher provides recommendation for the academic level a student is placed in. The high school credit class placement is based off assessment data as a factor in the teacher's recommendation for placement. Students do not need to take one level across the board; students can take a mix of general, advanced, high school credit, or gifted courses. Only students identified as Gifted under ESE qualify for our gifted classes. Parents have the opportunity to override a teacher's recommendation of placement by filling out the Parent Override Form and submitting it the Assistant Principal of Curriculum.
Students complete an online form at the end of the previous school year to submit their elective choices. Each year, communication is emailed to parents about this process.
Students identified as reading below grade level according to state FSA data combined with STAR Progress Monitoring data are required to take participate in an Intensive Reading intervention program, which is either offered in lieu of an elective or as a pull-out from an elective course.
The State of Florida requires students to earn 3 credits in each of the four core classes (Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies) in order to be promoted to high school. To earn a credit, a student must earn 4 total quality points in each class, with at least one point earned in either the third or fourth nine weeks. Letter grades quantify to quality points, with A's worth 4 points, B's worth 3 points, C's worth 2 points, D's worth 1 point, and F's worth 0 points. Students who earn an F are provided recovery opportunities either through the classroom teacher or through an online self-paced program called PLATO.