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2 A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S James G. Merrill, Ed.D. Superintendent Sheila S. Magula, Ed.D. Deputy Superintendent Department of Curriculum and Instruction Joe Burnsworth Assistant Superintendent Department of School Administration Maynard E. Massey, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent for Middle School Education Jobynia G. Caldwell Assistant Superintendent for High School Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction Nicole M. DeVries, Ph.D., Administrative Coordinator Jennifer Shires, Office Associate II Office of Guidance Services and Student Records Alveta G. Mitchell, Ed.D., Director Tracy L. Jackson, NCC, NCSC, Guidance Services Coordinator Nancy Hollingsworth, Administrative Office Associate II Office of Instructional Services and Academy Programs C. Todd Tarkenton, Director Pat Wills, Administrative Office Associate II Nicole E. Ballance, Administrative Office Associate I Janet Kehlenbeck, Administrative Office Associate I Office of Gifted Education and Curriculum Development Kelly A. Hedrick, Ed.D., Director Lee Ann Murray, Administrative Office Associate II Sandra Gizzi, Administrative Office Associate I Office of Technical and Career Education Patrick M. Konopnicki, Ed.D., Director Sarah J. Martin, Ph.D., Administrative Coordinator Karen B. Boone, Administrative Office Associate II Office of Compensatory Programs and Remediation Jennifer C. Born, Director Carol Gibbons, Administrative Office Associate II The full content of this guide is available on-line at by selecting Curriculum/Programs on the home page All rights reserved. i

3 T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S General Information Graduation Requirements... 3 Definitions... 3 Course Requirements... 4 Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options... 5 Test Requirements... 9 Computer Education Adding Courses Dropping Courses Grading Scale Middle School Curriculum General Information Academic Year Registration Middle School Activity/Athletic Program Types of Courses Middle School Structure Program of Studies Purging/Expunging Grades for Middle School Students Promotion Standards NCAA Eligibility Intervention/Remediation Programs Homebound Services Distance Learning Summer Program Renaissance Academy Alternative Program Grades Middle School Academic Program Gifted Education Kemps Landing Magnet School Advanced Academy Programs The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Plaza Middle School Directory of Middle School Course Offerings Courses are Arranged by Subject Area English and Reading Mathematics Science Social Studies Health and Physical Education Exploratory/Elective Courses Art Computer Skills English as a Second Language World Languages Health and Physical Education Music Technical and Career High School Curriculum General Information Academic Year Block Schedule Registration Placement/Promotion Procedure Access to Courses Full Day of School Awards for Exemplary Performance Driver Education Athletic/Activity Participation NCAA Eligibility Homebound Services Weighted Credit Alternative Methods for Granting Standard Units of Credit Summer Program Other Course Opportunities Advanced Placement Independent Study Distance Learning

4 T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S Dual Enrollment Online Coursework via Virtual Virginia Beach e-learning The Virtual Virginia Early College Scholars Program Experiential Learning Renaissance Academy Alternative Program Grades Gifted Education The Governor s School for the Arts Academy Programs The Global Studies and World Language Academy at Tallwood High School The Health Sciences Academy at Bayside High School 41 The Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School Governor s STEM and Technology Academy at Landstown High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School Advanced Academic Programs International Baccalaureate Program at Princess Anne High School Mathematics & Science Academy at Ocean Lakes High School Technical and Career Education Programs Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Information Technology Telecommunications High Performance Manufacturing and Engineering 58 Marketing Education Marketing Management at Town Center Hotel Marketing Technical and Career Education Center Directory of High School Course Offerings Courses are Arranged by Subject Area Special Notes Business and Information Technology English and Reading English as a Second Language (ESL) Family and Consumer Sciences Fine Arts Art Music Theatre Arts World Languages Gifted Education Health and Physical Education Marketing Education Marketing Management at Town Center Hotel Marketing Education for Employment Mathematics and Computer Science Computer Science Military Science Science Social Studies Technology Education Communication Technology Program Control Technology Program Pre-Engineering Program Physics of Technology Program Production Technology Program Technical Design and Illustration Program Appendices APPENDI A: Substitute Tests Approved for Verified Credit APPENDI B: Virginia Board of Education Approved Industry Certifications and Occupational Competency Assessments APPENDI C: Sequential Electives APPENDI D: Sequential Electives

5 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N It is the responsibility of each student and his/her parent that requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma, and a Standard Diploma, are met. School counselors review graduation requirements with students annually, and the school counseling staff at each school is available to assist you. Please work closely with your child s school counselor in making academic decisions for your child. To determine the graduation requirements for your child, you must consider both the type of diploma sought and the year your child first entered ninth grade. Graduation Requirements The Virginia Board of Education establishes graduation requirements for all students in public schools. The Virginia Beach City Public Schools bases its requirements on the Virginia Board of Education requirements.to receive a high school diploma, students must meet the minimum requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma, the Standard Diploma, or a Special Diploma.These diploma programs are designed to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge necessary to continue educational options after high school or to enter the world of work. Through elective choices, students have the opportunity to design a course of study that best prepares them for different goals. Students are encouraged to consider both educational and career goals in selecting courses. Except for the sequential electives that are required for the Standard Diploma, the requirements for a student to earn a diploma shall be those in effect when that student enters the ninth grade for the first time. When students below the ninth grade successfully complete courses offered for credit in grades nine through twelve, credit is counted toward meeting the standard units required for graduation. To earn a verified unit of credit for the courses that have Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, students must pass the course and achieve a passing score on the end-of-course SOL test for that course or an identified substitute test as approved by the Virginia Board of Education. Definitions Standard Unit of Credit The standard unit of credit for graduation is based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction and successful completion of the requirements of the course. A semester course receives one-half credit. Verified Unit of Credit A verified unit of credit for graduation is based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction, successful completion of the requirements of the course, and a passing score on the end-of-course Standards of Learning test for that course. A state-approved substitute test may be used for specified SOL tests. (See the Substitute Tests section in Appendix A.) Student -Selected Test A student-selected test for verified credit may come from any end-ofcourse SOL test that is not already satisfying a required verified credit or tests in computer science, technology, or other areas as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education. 3 (See the Substitute Tests section in Appendix A.) Student-selected tests may also come from the successful completion of a technical and career education course in combination with a passing score on a Virginia Board of Education approved industry credential. (SeeVirginia Board of Education Approved Industry Certifications, Appendix B.) Two student-selected verified credits will be awarded for passing an industry credential; and The student meets the career and technical education concentration or specialization course requirements for program completer. The student earns at least two standard units of credit in the career and technical education concentration or specialization. The student may substitute one of these verified credits for a verified credit in either science or history/social science. Sequential Electives Sequential electives are defined as two years of study in a focused sequence of elective courses leading to further education or preparation for employment. Students who are pursuing the Standard Diploma must complete two sequential credits. Fine Arts The following courses will meet the fine arts graduation requirement: all art courses, all music courses, all drama courses, Visual Language, and designated courses in the gifted program. The course taken to satisfy the fine arts requirement may also serve as one of the two courses required to satisfy the sequential electives requirement. (Continued on page 5)

6 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N Course Requirements Advanced Studies Diploma (For students who entered the 9th grade prior to ) The Advanced Studies diploma requires twenty-four (24) credits. Of the 24 credits, nine (9) must be verified credits as follows: two (2) English, two (2) math, two (2) science, two (2) social studies, and one (1) student-selected test students must have to graduate. Standard Diploma (For students who entered the 9th grade prior to ) The Standard Diploma requires twenty-two (22) credits. Of the 22 credits, six (6) must be verified credits as follows: two (2) English, one (1) math, one (1) science, one (1) social studies, and one (1) student-selected test students must have to graduate. ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA* English 9, 10, 11, 12 4 credits Mathematics 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of algebra and shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Virginia Board of Education may approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.) Science 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include selections from at least three different science disciplines: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Note: Oceanography and Astronomy are in the Earth Science discipline.) Social Studies 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government, and two world history/geography courses.) World Languages 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be three years of the same language or two years each of two languages) Fine Arts or Career Technical Education Health and Physical Education Required Courses Elective Courses TOTAL 1 credit 2 credits 22 CREDITS 2 CREDITS 24 CREDITS STANDARD DIPLOMA* English 9, 10, 11, 12 4 credits Mathematics 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of algebra and shall include at least two course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or other mathematics course above the level of algebra and geometry. The Virginia Board of Education may approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.) Science 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Note: Oceanography and Astronomy are in the Earth Science discipline.) Social Studies 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government, and one world history/geography courses.) Fine Arts or Career Technical Education Health and Physical Education Required Courses Elective Courses 1 TOTAL 1 credit 2 credits 16 CREDITS 6 CREDITS 22 CREDITS * For students who entered the 9th grade prior to ) 1 Courses to satisfy this requirement must include at least two sequential electives: for example, Accounting and Advanced Accounting or Journalism I and II. 4

7 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N (Continued from page 3) Fine Arts or Career Technical Education All technical and career education courses and designated courses in the gifted program will meet the career technical education graduation requirement. The course taken to satisfy the fine arts or career technical education requirement may also serve as one of the two courses required to satisfy the sequential electives requirement. Technical and Career Education Industry Credentialing Technical and career education industry credentialing can only be achieved by successful completion of Technical and Career Education coursework which will enable students to participate in Virginia Board of Education approved assessments for industry credentialing. Students who earn these credentials are eligible to earn verified credits toward graduation requirements. MODIFIED STANDARD DIPLOMA English 9, 10, 11, 12 4 credits Mathematics 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include content from among applications of Algebra I, Geometry, Personal finance, and Statistics in course approved by the Virginia Board of Education) Science 2 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include content from at least two of the following: applications of Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics in courses approved by the Virginia Board of Education) Social Studies 2 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include one credit in Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government in courses approved by the Virginia Board of Education.) Health and Physical Education Fine Arts or Career Technical Education Required Courses Elective Courses 1 TOTAL 2 credits 1 credit 14 CREDITS 6 CREDITS 20 CREDITS 1 Courses to satisfy this requirement must include at least two sequential electives: for example, Accounting and Advanced Accounting or Journalism I and II Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options The Commonwealth of Virginia's Board of Education adopted new graduation requirements for students who will enter the ninth grade for the first time in the school year and beyond.the Modified Standard Diploma is being phased out, but will remain the same for students who entered ninth grade BEFORE Modified Standard Diploma The Modified Standard Diploma requires twenty (20) standard credits but no verified credits. Students seeking a Modified Standard Diploma must either pass or meet the literacy and numeracy cut scores on the 8th grade SOL tests in both English: Reading and mathematics. Students may also fulfill this requirement by passing the grade 11 English: Reading SOL test and any mathematics SOL given at the high school level. This diploma program is intended for certain students who have a disability and are unlikely to meet the credit requirements for a Standard Diploma. Eligibility and participation in the program is determined by the student s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team and the student, where appropriate, at any point after the student s eighth grade year. The school must secure the informed written consent of the parent/guardian and the student to choose this diploma program. 5

8 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options In 2010, the Commonwealth of Virginia s Board of Education adopted new graduation requirements for students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in the and school year. Following are the new diploma options and requirements. Advanced Studies Diploma The Advanced Studies Diploma requires twenty-six (26) credits for students entering ninth grade in and Of the 26 credits, nine (9) must be verified credits as follows: two (2) English, two (2) math, two (2) science, two (2) social studies, and one student-selected test students must have to graduate. ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA English 9,10,11,12 4 credits Mathematics 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.) Laboratory Science 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement. (Note: Oceanography and Astronomy are in the Earth Science discipline.) 1 History and Social Science 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government, and two courses in either world history or geography or both. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.) 1 World Languages 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be three years of the same language or two years each of two languages.) Health and Physical Education Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education Economics and Personal Finance Required Courses Elective Courses TOTAL 2 credits 1 credit 1 credit 23 CREDITS 3 CREDITS 26 CREDITS Standard Diploma The Standard Diploma requires twenty-two (22) credits for students entering ninth grade in and Of the 22 credits, six (6) must be verified credits as follows: two (2) English, one (1) math, one (1) science, one (1) social studies, and one (1) studentselected test students must have to graduate. STANDARD DIPLOMA English 9, 10, 11, 12 4 credits Mathematics 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two different course selections from among: Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra, Functions and Data Analysis; Algebra II or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.) Laboratory Science 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement. (Note: Oceanography and Astronomy are in the Earth Science discipline.) 1 History and Social Science 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government, and one course in either world history or geography or both. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.) 1 Health and Physical Education 2 credits World Languages, Fine Arts 2 credits or Career and Technical Education Economics and Personal Finance 1 credit Required Courses 18 CREDITS Elective Courses 1 4 CREDITS (Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives as required by the Standards of Quality.) TOTAL 22 CREDITS 1 Students who complete a career and technical educational program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license, for (i) the student selected verified credit and (ii) either a science or history and social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Virginia Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement. 6

9 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options The Commonwealth of Virginia s Board of Education adopted new graduation requirements for students who will enter the ninth grade for the first time in the school year and beyond. The following are the new diploma options and their requirements. Advanced Studies Diploma The Advanced Studies Diploma requires twenty-six (26) credits for students entering ninth grade in and beyond and completion of one virtual course. Of the 26 credits, nine (9) must be verified credits as follows: two (2) English, two (2) math, two (2) science, two (2) social studies, and one student-selected test students must have to graduate. ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA English 9,10,11,12 4 credits Mathematics 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.) Laboratory Science 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement. (Note: Oceanography and Astronomy are in the Earth Science discipline.) 1 History and Social Science 4 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government, and two courses in either world history or geography or both. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.) 1 World Languages 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be three years of the same language or two years each of two languages.) Health and Physical Education Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education Economics and Personal Finance Virtual Course Required Courses Elective Courses TOTAL 2 credits 1 credit 1 credit 23 CREDITS 3 CREDITS 26 CREDITS 1 Students who complete a career and technical educational program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license, for (i) the student selected verified credit and (ii) either a science or history and social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Virginia Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement. 7

10 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options Standard Diploma The Standard Diploma requires twenty-two (22) credits for students entering ninth grade in and beyond. Completion of one virtual course as well as successful completion of a Career and Technical Industry Certification. Of the 22 credits, six (6) must be verified credits as follows: two (2) English, one (1) math, one (1) science, one (1) social studies, and one (1) studentselected test students must have to graduate. STANDARD DIPLOMA English 9, 10, 11, 12 4 credits Mathematics 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two different course selections from among: Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra, Functions and Data Analysis; Algebra II or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.) Laboratory Science 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement. (Note: Oceanography and Astronomy are in the Earth Science discipline.) 1 History and Social Science 3 credits (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government, and one course in either world history or geography or both. The Virginia Board of Education shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.) 1 Health and Physical Education 2 credits World Languages, Fine Arts 2 credits or Career and Technical Education Economics and Personal Finance 1 credit Virtual Course CTE Industry Certification Required Courses 18 CREDITS Elective Courses 4 CREDITS (Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives as required by the Standards of Quality.) TOTAL 22 CREDITS 1 Students who complete a career and technical educational program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license, for (i) the student selected verified credit and (ii) either a science or history and social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Virginia Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement. 8

11 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N Special Diploma Students with disabilities who complete the requirements of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and do not meet the requirements for other diplomas are awarded Special Diplomas. Test Requirements In addition to course requirements, the Virginia Board of Education has prescribed testing standards for graduation from high school to ensure students have mastered the skills that are necessary for success in school and preparation for life. Standards of Learning Tests Students must take all applicable end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) tests following course instruction. Students who successfully complete a course and who achieve a passing score on an end-of-course SOL test or a substitute test for that course shall be awarded a verified credit. End-of-course tests that are available are listed in the following chart. All students enrolled in a course that has an SOL test must take the test even if they have met their verified credit requirement for that subject area. Testing Accommodations Testing accommodations may be available to students with disabilities who have IEPs or 504 plans, or students with limited English proficiency. Details of testing accommodations for the Standards of Learning Program are available at each high school. Summary Charts Credit and test requirements for graduation are summarized in the End - Of - Course Standards Of Learning chart. 9

12 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N English END-OF-COURSE STANDARDS OF LEARNING Available for Verified Credit English 11: Reading/ Literature Research English 11: Writing Mathematics Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Science Earth Science Biology Chemistry Social Studies World History to 1500 A.D. World History from 1500 A.D. World Geography Virginia and U.S. History SUMMARY CHART OF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS For students who entered the 9th grade prior to Advanced Studies Diploma document means within the first twenty (20) hours of instruction per course, and the term during means after the first twenty (20) hours of instruction. SUMMARY CHART OF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS For students entering the 9th grade for the first time in and beyond Standard Unit of Credits Advanced Studies Diploma Verified Unit of Credits 26 2 English, 2 Math, 2 Science, 2 Social Studies, 1 Student-Selected Test Standard Unit of Credits Standard Diploma Verified Unit of Credits 22 2 English, 1 Math, 1 Science, 1 Social Studies, 1 Student -Selected Test Standard Unit of Credits Verified Unit of Credits 24 2 English, 2 Math, 2 Science, 2 Social Studies, 1 Student-Selected Test Standard Diploma Standard Unit of Credits Verified Unit of Credits 22 2 English, 1 Math, 1 Science, 1 Social Studies, 1 Student -Selected Test Transfer Students Students who transfer from other Virginia public school systems must meet the same requirements as Virginia Beach City Public Schools students. The verified credits required of transfer students from private or out-ofstate schools will vary depending on when the transfer student registers. The term beginning in the following 10

13 G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N VERIFIED CREDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS TRANSFERRING INTO VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC SCHOOLS Grade Level Student Enters Virginia Beach City Public Schools During ninth or the beginning of tenth grade During tenth or the beginning of eleventh grade During eleventh or the beginning of twelfth grade During twelfth grade Standard Diploma No change in requirements 1 English, 1 mathematics, 1 social studies, and 1 science 1 English and 1 student - selected test If Virginia diploma requirements cannot be met, the previous school should award diploma or student can request that the local school board seek a waiver from the Virginia Department of Education. Advanced Studies Diploma No change in requirements 2 English,1 mathematics, 1 social studies,1 science, and 1 student - selected test 1 English and 3 student - selected tests If Virginia diploma requirements cannot be met, the previous school should award diploma or student can request that the local school board seek a waiver from the Virginia Department of Education. Computer Education Computer technology is integrated into the instructional program by classroom teachers as directed by the Virginia Standards of Learning for computer/technology. This integration is accomplished by using available computers within the classroom or scheduling activities in the computer resource lab. Students receive instruction in the operation of a computer, basic keyboard awareness, basic word processing, database and spreadsheet operation, and interaction with computerassisted instructional software. Students may also have the opportunity to use programs for generating and using computer graphics, multimedia, CD-ROM, and the Internet on a limited, teacher-directed basis. Adding Courses For schools on alternate day block scheduling, no student may elect to add a year course after the course has been in session for 8 class days. No student may elect to add a semester course after the course has been in session for 4 class days. No student may add a nine-week course after the course has been in session for 2 class days. For schools on a 4x4 block schedule, no student may elect to add a year course after the course has been in session for 15 class days. No student may add a semester course after the course has been in session for 8 class days. No student may add a nine-week course after the course has been in session for 4 class days. Dropping Courses A year course dropped on or after the first official day of the second grading period must be counted as an E and included in class rank. A semester course dropped on or after the second day after the issuance of progress reports must be counted as an E and included in class rank. The dropped course is recorded as Withdrawn/Failing W. Grading Scale The chart below indicates the numerical scale approved by the School Board for use in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. A A B B B C C C D D E below 64 11

14 M I D D L E S C H O O L C U R R I C U L U M General Information The information in this guide is designed to assist students and parents with the selection of courses for the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and to provide information for long-range planning. When selecting a program of study, it is important to remember that all courses offered in Virginia Beach City Public Schools are open to all students. Students and parents are encouraged to study this publication and talk with school counselors and teachers. Course choices in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades greatly influence decisions in the high school program. Academic Year The regular academic year is at least 183 days, divided into four nine-week periods or two 18-week semesters. Courses are generally one year in length, and students receive a final grade at the end of the school year for each course. Registration At registration time, students will be given information concerning course selection for the coming year. The information in this guide should be used in planning a program of studies. The courses listed will be included in the curriculum for the school year if there is sufficient enrollment and available staff. Grade levels listed for exploratory/elective courses indicate the grade(s) in which the course may be taken. Middle School Activity/Athletic Program To ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in activities based on their interest and needs, two programs are available in the middle schools: Intramural and Interscholastic. The Intramural Program is available to all students with activities determined by each school s interest. The activity program also provides for clubs, organizations, and special interest activities; such as yearbooks, newspaper, Student Cooperative Association, and student recognition programs. The Virginia Beach School Board and the Virginia Beach Middle School League regulate each school s interscholastic competition program. In order to participate in an interscholastic competition for the first semester, a student must have passed five subjects the immediately preceding year. To participate in the second semester, a student must have passed five subjects the immediately preceding semester. In addition, students will be required to earn at least a 2.0 grade point average each semester. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirement in a given semester and who wish to participate have the option to use a waiver available to them one semester during the middle 12 school years, providing that all other eligibility requirements are met. Types of Courses Core Courses Core courses include English, mathematics, science, and social studies. They meet for thirty-six (36) weeks. Exploratory Courses Exploratory courses include classes such as art, computer skills, music, exploratory world languages, exploratory teen living, and technology education. They meet for nine (9), eighteen (18), or thirty-six (36) weeks. Elective Courses Elective courses include classes such as world languages, keyboarding, and health and physical education 8. They meet for eighteen (18) or thirty-six (36) weeks. Middle School Structure Students in grades six through eight will be grouped into Core Teams. The Core Team is an organizational pattern of the middle schools in which teachers share the same students, and the same planning time. Each teacher in the Core Team will be responsible for teaching one or more of the required subjects. Students in English, mathematics, and science courses are grouped based on several criteria including standardized test scores, previous grades, teacher recommendations, and parental requests. All of these factors are considered in making class assignments that are appropriate for each individual student. Questions about placement should be discussed with the student s present teacher and with the school counselor at the middle school.

15 M I D D L E S C H O O L C U R R I C U L U M Program of Studies For rising 6th,7th, and 8th grade students Sixth Grade ~ Middle School Core Teams Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies Health and Physical Education Exploratory There are five (5) required courses plus exploratory courses which are nine (9), eighteen (18), or thirty-six (36) weeks in length. Seventh Grade ~ Middle School Core Teams English Mathematics Science Social Studies Health and Physical Education Exploratory or Elective There are five (5) required courses plus exploratory courses which are nine (9), eighteen (18), or thirty-six (36) weeks in length or electives which are eighteen (18) or thirty-six (36) weeks in length. Eighth Grade ~ Middle School Core Teams English Mathematics Science Social Studies Exploratory or Elective There are four (4) required courses plus exploratory courses which are eighteen (18) or thirty-six (36) weeks in length and electives which are eighteen (18) or thirty-six (36) weeks in length. Purging/Expunging Grades for Middle School Students High school credit-bearing courses taken in middle school will count toward meeting the credits required for graduation. Based on School Board Regulation , the grades of middle school students who take credit-bearing courses can be purged if certain procedures are followed. The parent/guardian of a middle school student taking a high school credit-bearing course(s) may request that the grade for such course or courses be purged from the student s transcript and that the student not earn high school credit for the course. A written request or completed form for the purging/expunging of grades pursuant to this regulation must be presented to the middle school building principal on or before August 1 of the school year immediately following completion of the 8th grade school year. ECEPTION: In a sequential program such as a world language where one course must precede the next, students who choose to purge or expunge the credit from a lower level course after successfully completing the higher level(s) of the course will not be permitted to do so without expunging all subsequent courses in that sequence. 13 Once the principal receives a request for the purging of such grade and credit, the student's permanent transcript will be altered so that the course, grade and credit are not reflected. A student dropping a course pursuant to this subsection is still required to meet the prescribed graduation requirements set forth in Policy 5-30 and Regulation ; where a course has been dropped, a course fulfilling the graduation requirement must be successfully completed at the middle school or high school level. A student who has a grade purged from his/her record, but passes the related end-of-course SOL test, will not be required to retake the SOL test to earn verified credit if he/she successfully repeats the related course. Promotion Standards Students in grades six, seven and eight are promoted to the next grade on the basis of earning passing final grades in the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies and a passing final grade in one of the following program areas: health/physical education or the equivalent of a full-year course in the exploratories/electives with consideration of the following factors: academic performance; ability level; attendance in conjunction with poor classroom performance;

16 M I D D L E S C H O O L C U R R I C U L U M chronological age in relation to the normal grade/age group; prior retentions; delayed/advanced physical development; maturity in emotional and social development; work and study habits; student and parent attitude; parental support; SOL test scores at the end of grade 8 (for promotion to grade 9). NCAA Eligibility To play sports in NCAA Division I or II, a student must graduate from high school and successfully complete a core curriculum of at least 16 (Division I) or 14 (Division II) courses (these requirements are in effect until July 31,2013. Middle school credit-bearing courses can be used to satisfy core-course requirements. (See page 31 for NCAA Eligibility Requirements.) Intervention/ Remediation Programs Students with significant deficiencies in reading and mathematics will be required to enroll in the appropriate lab/course for remediation activities. The Intervention/Remediation Program complies with Standard :1 Standard 1.D., July 2010, of the Standards of Quality. The purpose of the program is to reduce the number of students who score in the bottom quartile on Virginia Assessment Program Tests, or fail to succeed in language arts or mathematics or both sections as defined in the curricula. The program provides for identification of students, prescribes prevention/ intervention techniques as well as acceleration and remediation practices, documents remediation efforts and time commitments, and fosters parental community involvement. Specific programs include, but are not limited to, SOL laboratory classes or core team remediation for language arts and mathematics, an intensive reading program, and individual school-based remediation activities. For further information, contact the principal or school improvement specialist at your child s school. Homebound Services Homebound instruction is designed to provide continuity of educational services between the classroom and home for students who, for a documented medical reason, are confined to the home and are unable to attend school for a period of twenty consecutive days or more. It is not intended to replace a regular school program. Approved students typically receive services for four to six weeks after documentation is received from a physician or licensed clinical psychologist. Hours of instruction may vary depending on a student s schedule and the availability of certified teachers. Information may be obtained and referrals made 14 by parents or guardians through the guidance office at the student s home school. Distance Learning Virginia Beach middle schools are equipped with Distance Learning Labs allowing courses to be taught through videoconferencing. This technology provides students the opportunity to enroll in courses for which enrollment is insufficient to offer the course at the home school. A list of each school s Distance Learning offerings is available in the guidance office. Students selecting these courses should be aware that they are broadcast via two-way video and two-way audio within Virginia Beach s internal network. Each class originates from one of the division schools and is received by one or more other schools. Courses that have been sent include the following: Exploratory French, German, Latin, Japanese, French I and II, Geometry, German I, Japanese I and II, Latin I and II, Russian I and II Summer Program The middle school summer program is designed for students in grades six, seven, and eight, who have not met the middle school promotion standard during the regular school year. The promotion standard requires that students pass five (5) classes (language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, plus either health and physical education or exploratory/elective courses) to be promoted to the next grade level.

17 M I D D L E S C H O O L C U R R I C U L U M If students need to successfully repeat only one or two of the required courses to be eligible for promotion to the next grade level, then they should attend summer school. Middle school students will be allowed to enroll in no more than two repeat courses during the summer. Only one repeat course may be taken per session. Students who have not met promotion standards or have not passed a state assessment may be required to enroll in available summer remediation programs for language arts and mathematics. In addition, remedial summer school programs are available to provide extra support to qualifying students. Renaissance Academy Alternative Programs (Grades 6-8) The Renaissance Academy offers students in grades 6-8 a comprehensive instruction that merges life skills necessary for success in the 21st century with existing Virginia Beach City Public Schools curricula. Students can expect a rigorous academic curriculum which promotes the development of self-determination, responsibility, and integrity in a learning environment that fosters in each individual a sense of self- esteem and importance to society. The innovative educational environment provides flexible learning opportunities to support student success. Ageappropriate direct intervention that addresses student social-emotional behavior concerns will be provided using character education components. Leadership skills fundamental to student achievement are embedded throughout the curricula. Students are recommended for placement by school administrators, parents, or the Office of Student Leadership. An individualized plan for each student, the Alternative Contract for Excellence (ACE), is designed collaboratively by academy staff, parents, and the student to ensure that each student meets his/her educational goals. Multiple instructional options support seamless student transitions to additional programs within Renaissance Academy or in a comprehensive school. Middle School Academic Program The Renaissance Academy Middle School Academic Program is specifically designed to build on students strengths with the ultimate goal of remediating their academic needs through rigorous and relevant instruction.this environment provides students the individualized attention and focused assistance they need based on their individual academic needs.the program operates as a school within-a-school and focuses on developmental needs with the ultimate goal of grade level performance. Students are afforded the opportunities to form supportive relationships with fellow students and staff, given the small class sizes of 15 students or less. For additional information on the referral process, contact the Renaissance Academy at Gifted Education Intellectually gifted students attending middle schools have a variety of program options to consider. Students may apply for admission to the gifted middle school, Kemps Landing Magnet 15 School, or students may choose to remain in their home schools and receive gifted instruction through the collaborative work of cluster teachers and the gifted resource teacher. Either option allows gifted students to work to their potential through curricular opportunities emphasizing differentiated curriculum and instruction and the use of strategies designed especially to raise the level of challenge. The resource-cluster program promotes optimum understanding of the needs of gifted children for all school staff. Gifted students interact with their teachers, classmates, and gifted peers in a heterogeneous grouping, while attaining benefits through the modification of content, process, product, and learning environment. Students in each middle school have the opportunity to take advanced classes in English, science, and mathematics and may begin a world language. The pace in these classes is rapid, and students explore subjects in great depth and with intensity. Selection of these courses in middle school affords students the opportunity to take advanced classes in high school, whether as part of advanced placement curricula or in high school academy programs and advanced academic programs. Middle school students identified as gifted in dance will have opportunities for talent development through a one - day - a - week program for dance education at Old Donation Center. All sixth through eighth grade students identified as gifted in visual arts who wish to participate in the Gifted Visual Arts Program will attend Virginia Beach Middle School full-time. Students must apply to the Gifted Visual Arts or Dance Education

18 M I D D L E S C H O O L C U R R I C U L U M Program. All middle schools, including Kemps Landing Magnet School, may offer extended-day and after - school programs. Kemps Landing Magnet School Kemps Landing Magnet School (KLMS) is a full-time school for academically gifted students in grades six through eight. Students must apply to Kemps Landing Magnet School and be accepted in order to attend. Applications are due in early February. Contact the guidance office at for program information and applications. Kemps Landing Magnet School was founded in 1995 in an effort to provide gifted students in Virginia Beach a comprehensive education utilizing the best practices of research-based gifted instruction. The curriculum at KLMS is specially designed to provide students identified for gifted services the depth and complexity necessary to challenge and stimulate the mind of the intellectually gifted student. Instruction is differentiated to meet the diverse needs of all students. Kemps Landing Magnet School is also committed to a code of honor, which is infused in its practices and procedures. The students and staff commit to and live by the KLMS Honor Code and regularly discuss topics such as integrity, honesty, responsibility, and respect, among others. In the school s effort to develop future leaders, a common understanding of honor is nurtured and shared. Students selected to attend Kemps Landing Magnet School are required to take English, mathematics, science, social studies, health and physical education, world language, and an elective class. All students entering the sixth grade take Latin. Seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity of continuing with Latin or changing to Spanish, French, Japanese, or another world language. In addition to these language credits, all students receive credit toward graduation for Algebra I, Geometry, and Earth Science upon successful completion of these courses. Because a world language is required of all students at Kemps Landing Magnet School, an extended day allows participation in elective courses. Classes such as chorus, orchestra, band, drama, computers, art, career skills, and other specialized courses are offered. Extracurricular activities may include options such as Destination Imagination, Forensics, Debate, Academic Challenge, SCA, and several other clubs in which students have special interests. The school does not offer a competitive sports program; however, students may participate on athletic teams at their neighborhood middle schools. Advanced Academic Programs The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Plaza Middle School Jennifer L. Krzewinski, Coordinator The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) is a program of study that encourages students to pursue an academic and rigorous curriculum while providing a natural progression to the high school IB Diploma Program at Princess Anne High School. The MYP extends over five years with grades 6, 7, and 8 attending Plaza Middle School, and 9th and 10th grade students completing the final two years of the MYP at Princess Anne High School. Program focus is on interdisciplinary, thematic instruction that promotes international understanding and responsible citizenship. All students who enjoy learning and have a deep and abiding interest in the world around them as well as a desire to explore the many opportunities the specialized IB curricula offer should consider applying to the Middle Years Program. Students must apply to the Middle Years Program and be accepted in order to attend. The Middle Years Program curriculum is organized around three major concepts: Intercultural Awareness, Holistic Education and Communication. Students take a balanced curriculum for each of the five years of the program. Eight subject areas, of equal importance, make up the yearly program of study. The subject areas are as follows: English, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education and health, performing arts, and/or visual arts, technology, and world language. Students must choose a world language for the duration of the program. Students have the opportunity to leave middle school with numerous high school credits. Students may receive credit for up to three years of a world language, Algebra I, Geometry, and Earth Science upon successful completion of each course. Additional credits can be earned for other elective offerings. 16

19 D I R E C T O R Y O F M I D D L E S C H O O L C O U R S E O F F E R I N G S A unique feature of the program is that it extends beyond the traditional curriculum to include immersion into five Areas of Interaction approaches to learning, community and service, health and social education, environments and human ingenuity. These five themes are embedded in all subject areas creating a spiraling, concept-based curriculum. Students in the Middle Years Program are considered important and essential members of the Plaza Middle School community. Therefore MYP students are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities that include clubs, intramural sports and interscholastic sports. Plaza Middle School offers a full spectrum of clubs and sports. Directory of Course Offerings for Middle School (Arranged by Subject Area) Special Notes All courses will be offered in every middle school, except as noted in the guide. Students and parents should note that each course must have sufficient enrollment to be assigned a teacher, and appropriately endorsed staff must be available. Information in the curriculum guide reflects Standards of Accreditation adopted by the Virginia Board of Education in May Actions by the General Assembly or the Virginia Board of Education may necessitate changes in School Board policies and regulations. If changes occur, they will be communicated to students and parents as soon as possible. (*) Denotes courses taken in which students earn standard units of credit upon successful completion of the course. English and Reading Core English 6 (LA1109) This integrated program of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language usage is based upon a core selection of contemporary and classical literature. Instructional activities incorporate vocabulary development, decoding of text, reading comprehension, composition, grammar, and punctuation skills. Advanced English 6 (LA1125) Prerequisite: Successful completion of fifth-grade language and a teacher recommendation. During this course of study, students examine and analyze literature and language from the 17th to the 21st century. Students compare literary elements, participate in inquiry discussions, formulate essential questions, construct critical responses to literature, learn to write effectively in a variety of forms for different audiences, and select vocabulary to achieve a specific tone. Core English 7 (LA1115) This course provides reading and writing opportunities that challenge students to examine people and places from a global perspective. Major instructional goals include strengthening comprehension, fostering an enjoyment of reading, and developing public speaking and listening skills. The writing focus is on descriptive and personal writing, but students also begin to critically read and write about literature. 17 Advanced English 7 (LA1116) Prerequisite: Successful completion of English/Language Arts 6 or Advanced English 6 and a teacher recommendation. This program provides students with a strong foundation for the study of literature throughout secondary school and college. During this course of study, students examine, analyze, and evaluate literature from the Greek myths to contemporary writers. Students write often and spend time examining the structure of their own compositions to develop the skills to write clearly for different purposes and audiences. Core English 8 (LA1123) This course integrates reading, writing, speaking, and listening into thematic units. Students focus on the heroic figure in themselves and others. In addition, students read a variety of genres: nonfiction, drama, poetry, short stories, and novels. Composition, vocabulary skills, usage, and mechanics are addressed within the context of literature and the students own writing. Advanced English 8 (LA 1124) Prerequisite: Successful completion of Core English 7 or Advanced English 7 and a teacher recommendation. Students study heroes and heroines from ancient times to the present, examining heroic traits and applying this knowledge to historic and contemporary literature. Students learn to write for a variety of purposes and audiences, with a focus on developing their individual voices, styles, and skills in communicating meaning.

20 D I R E C T O R Y O F M I D D L E S C H O O L C O U R S E O F F E R I N G S Independent Reading for Middle School (LA1128) Grades 6-8 Students are recommended for placement in this course based on multiple criteria which include results from prior Standards of Learning and other standardized testing. Students receive instruction in five key areas: phonological awareness and decoding, reading fluency and word recognition, vocabulary and phrase meanings, reading comprehension, and writing in response to text. The majority of the reading selections will be nonfiction to build student success in reading content-area textbooks. Independent reading will be incorporated into the class to build fluency, expand vocabulary, provide practice and increase the enjoyment of reading. Students are expected to stay in this course for the entire year unless results from mid-year assessments indicate that the student is ready to exit the program. Mathematics It is important to be familiar with high school course offerings when choosing middle school mathematics courses. Please see flow chart in High School Mathematics section on page 93. Core Math 6 (MA 3140) Core Math 6 is a mathematics course for sixth grade students who are transitioning from the emphasis placed on whole number arithmetic in elementary school to a more in-depth study of rational numbers and the preliminary foundations of algebra. The course focuses on the development of problem-solving skills and the acquisition of mathematical vocabulary and symbols.the active engagement of students along with the use of manipulatives and technology, such as calculators, computers, and spreadsheets, will allow students to develop an understanding of the mathematical principles they are learning. Facility in the use of technology will not be a substitute for students understanding of quantitative concepts and proficiency in basic computations. During this course students will be: performing operations with rational numbers; performing operations with integers; developing concepts involving exponents; identifying and extending sequences; solving one-step linear equations; developing measurement concepts and applications in the U.S. Customary and metric systems including perimeter and area; finding the volume and surface area of rectangular prisms; exploring basic geometric concepts in the coordinate plane; and exploring topics in probability and statistics. Mathematics 6 (MA 3110) Mathematics 6 is a mathematics course for sixth grade students who are transitioning from the emphasis placed on whole number arithmetic in elementary school to the foundations of algebra. The course focuses on the development of problem - solving skills and the acquisition of mathematical vocabulary and symbols. The active engagement of students along with the use of manipulatives and technology, such as calculators, computers, and spreadsheets, will allow students to develop an understanding of the mathematical principles they are learning. Facility in the use of technology will not be a substitute for students understanding of quantitative concepts and proficiency in basic computations. Topics include: operations with rational numbers; operations with integers; concepts 18 involving exponents and square roots; identifying and representing sequences and relationships; solving one -variable equations; measurement concepts and applications in the U.S. Customary and metric systems including perimeter, area, volume, and surface area; basic geometric concepts in the coordinate plane; and probability and statistics. Pre-Algebra (MA 3215) Pre-Algebra is a mathematics course for sixth grade students who exhibit high mathematical ability and achievement. The course is designed to prepare students for Algebra I Honors in grade 7. The course focuses on the development of problem-solving skills and the acquisition of mathematical vocabulary and symbols. The active engagement of students along with the use of manipulatives and technology, such as calculators, computers, and spreadsheets, will allow students to develop an understanding of the mathematical principles they are learning. Facility in the use of technology will not be a substitute for students understanding of quantitative concepts and proficiency in basic computations.topics include: operations with rational numbers; solving practical problems involving rational numbers; percents, ratios and proportions; operations with integers; concepts involving exponents and square roots; identifying and representing sequences and relationships; solving multi-step linear equations and inequalities; graphing and identifying linear equations in two variables; applying order of operations to evaluate algebraic expressions; measurement concepts and applications in the U.S. Customary and metric systems including perimeter, area,

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