World Language Option for Students Entering 8th Grade
In 8th grade, the Fred S. Engle Middle School offers a full year of high school-aligned world language in Spanish 1 or French 1. For students who express an interest in either of these courses, the academic criteria is centered on each student’s Language Arts grade and Language Arts teacher’s recommendation. Seventh grade students will complete a World Language/art cycle interest survey in Schoology, through their Language Arts class beginning May 5th. The survey must be submitted by May 8th. Students who elect to participate in a world language course will not participate in the exploratory art cycle classes (i.e. art, music, family and consumer science, computers, STEM and tech ed.), as art cycle and world language will be scheduled during the same time.
World language is a full year commitment as it teaches the same content at the same pace as the first year of a world language offered at AGHS. Students who successfully complete a world language course in eighth grade will be encouraged to enroll in the second level of the course in the ninth grade, making it possible to progress to the Advanced Placement (AP) level of this language by senior year. Carnegie Units of credit (high school credit) are given for the eighth-grade course, meaning that this course counts toward fulfilling world language high school course requirements that are mandated by many colleges, as well as appearing on a student’s final academic transcript.
Students taking a world language course need to demonstrate effective study habits, maintain excellent attendance and be very conscientious about the completion of all assignments, as homework is assigned on a regular basis. Tests and projects are also required to demonstrate learning throughout the courses. To better understand the expectations and commitment necessary for success, please feel free to contact either of the FSEMS world language teachers (Mrs. Oliver or Mr. Claffey).
Students who request admittance to a world language course and meet the entrance criteria will receive a confirmation letter in June.
Student Placement and Class Assignments
The process of assigning students to classes is complex. This process is taken seriously by the staff and administration and involves a great deal of time and careful thought concerning the best interest of every child. Classrooms are heterogeneously grouped using many factors and criteria in order to create a balanced class. The criteria and factors include:
Behavioral and/or emotional needs
We respectfully requests that parents honor the professional judgment of the staff and administration concerning student placement. Parents may share with the appropriate school administrator and counselors specific information which you feel we should be aware of during the assignment process. However, a final decision on all student assignments rests with the administration.