Middle School

Heritage Intermediate Academy (Grades 5-6)

Heritage Junior High Academy (Grades 7-8)

 

Purpose

  • Redesigned for the 2010-2011 school year to meet the needs of a wide range of student abilities and prior educational programs from around the world
  • Developed to ensure content mastery in language arts, math, science and social studies

Placement of Students

  • All students grades 5-8 take assessments at the beginning of each semester in reading and math to determine placement in either the Intermediate Academy or the Junior High Academy
  • Students will be placed in the Intermediate Academy if working approximately at grade 6 or lower reading levels
  • Students will be placed in the Junior High Academy if working approximately at grade 7 or higher reading levels
  • Should assessments indicate a student is working significantly above or below grade level for a given content area, placement will be made to ensure student success
  • Students may move between the two academies at semester based on test results
  • Testing will provide a common starting point given that students arrive from a variety of different educational programs and to ensure that students don’t have to repeat what they have already mastered nor do they skip what they have not yet mastered
  • Students exit the Junior High Academy into the high school program at the end of successful completion of grade 8 with a C- average or better

Schedule

    • AM Program: 7:30 to 12:20
    • Intermediate Academy: Three blocks of direct instruction per day in a self-contained classroom.
      • Block 1: 45 minutes per day of science and 45 minutes per day of social studies
      • Block II: 90 minutes per day of math
      • Block III: 90 minutes per day of language arts
    • Junior High Academy: Three blocks of direct instruction per day in subject area departments.
      • Block 1: 45 minutes per day of science and 45 minutes per day of social studies*
      • Block II: 90 minutes per day of math*
      • Block III: 90 minutes per day of language arts


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*Students in the Junior High Academy who qualify through testing for English 9, Alg I, Geometry, or Physical Science will be scheduled into high school classes but will not earn high school credit

  • Required afternoon program or passion area training for a minimum of 7 hours per week

Teachers

  • The Intermediate Academy teacher will be qualified and experienced in all four subjects and in teaching early adolescents (Students will have the same teacher for all subjects)
  • The Junior High Academy teachers will be qualified members of the high school faculty with experience in teaching mid-to-late adolescents (students will have a different teacher for math, language arts and science/social studies)

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Content based on South Carolina standards in each subject area
  • Language Arts: developmental reading, spelling, vocabulary, literature study, grammar, composition, speaking, and listening
  • Math: computation and problem solving
  • Science: life science, earth science, physical science, chemistry, and scientific method
  • Social studies: geography, history, ancient cultures and government

http://ed.sc.gov/agency/Standards-and-Learning/…

Optional Afternoon Program for the Middle Grades

Heritage Academy offers an afternoon program for students who are seeking a passion and are not involved in other training programs. A variety of activities are offered daily from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. More Information