Welcome to Northside. Global Studies Pathway and AC Informational Night February 18, 2014. AGENDA. Global Studies Pathway Information Global Studies Application Process Academic Challenge Information Academic Challenge Selection Timeline Questions and Tours.
Global Studies Pathway and AC Informational Night
February 18, 2014
Focuses on students as global citizens
Teaches core content from a global perspective
Provides the opportunity to take a world language in a global context
Provides service learning experiences
Provides blocked schedule which allows for cross curricular instruction
Utilizes various teaching strategies to engage students
Literature 7 Writing and Literacy 7
Social Studies Science
Math World Languages
Math 7 – For students that are at grade level
Pre-Algebra – For students that are ready for an accelerated class that compacts 7th and 8th grade standards
Algebra I – For high school credit. Students must pass the End of Course Assessment (ECA) to graduate from high school
Thirty-three (33) AC students chose Algebra I this year
All Northside 7th grade Algebra I students pass the ECA every year
Students must take four years of math in high school
A survey course of the structures and functions
of living things and their interactions with the environment.
Students take Spanish or French for high school credit
Students have world language instead of Resource (study hall)
Students may take band or choir and a world language
Students can take “2 and 2” or at least 3 years of the same language (for Academic Honor’s diploma)
New option for 2014-2015: Students may stretch first year Spanish over 7th and 8th grade
Spanish-speaking students will take Spanish - they will have their ENL class during Writing and Literacy or Literature
Other ENL students will have their ENL class during world language time - they will not be expected to be tri-lingual
Due to staffing, all ENL levels 1, 2 and 3 are on GSP. This is usually less than ten students.
Literature 7/Social Studies
Writing and Literacy 7/World Language
Allows flexibility in scheduling
Universal Design for Learning
Use of technology
Study teams in math
21st Century skills
Mrs. Allie Tyler
Gifted & Talented Coordinator
AC Literature AC Writing and Literacy
AC Math (pre-algebra) AC Geography 7
AC Science 7
Information will be gathered through the measures listed below:
The CogAT and ITBS are given to all sixth graders at their home school in October/November.
A portfolio for each student being evaluated will also
be assembled. The portfolio will include:
Scores from the CogAT and ITBS, along with the writing prompt, rating scale, and STAR score, allow the BCSC Middle School Selection Committee to determine appropriate placement. The measures that are used give the committee a complete picture of the student’s ability as it relates to the goals and practices of the Academic Challenge Program.
Is my child a self-motivated learner?
Did my child pass the LA portion of the ISTEP?
Did my child earn an “A” or “B” in English and Reading throughout their 6th grade year?
Does my child have the maturity to handle a high school level class without Resource? Is he/she organized?
Does my child manage his/her time wisely and have effective study skills?
One concern of all 7th grade parents is homework. Please refer to the homework handout as an example of a typical evening.
Help is available before school at
7:25 if needed.
We are only accepting ONLINE applications
Application can be found on the Northside home page
Applications are due by March 15, 2014
On completion, you will receive a confirmation
AC selection is on February 26.
GSP applications are due March 15. Anyone interested should apply (AC and non-AC) ONLINE.
GSP lottery for non-AC students will be after the AC letters are returned to Allie Tyler.
Letters sent out to parents will indicate selection or wait list. This information will not be provided over the phone.
150 total students will be on each GSP team.
If you are in Central’s district, please fill out a transfer form. An electronic copy is on our website.
Tours are offered tonight. Your tour guide is the teacher highlighted on your agenda.
**If you can’t stay for a tour, tours will also be offered on Open House night, Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30pm.