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Welcome to Creating Your Six-Year Plan Class of 2018. Why does my child need a six year plan?. An opportunity to have an overview of your child’s secondary education. Time to plan for taking the required classes and the electives.

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why does my child need a six year plan
Why does my child need a six year plan?
  • An opportunity to have an overview of your child’s secondary education.
  • Time to plan for taking the required classes and the electives.
  • An opportunity to ask questions and be more informed about your child’s preparation for post secondary education.
what is a six year plan
What is a six-year plan?
  • A six-year plan is YOUR child’s guide to successful junior high and high school career.
  • It allows YOU to make sure you obtain all the credits you need to graduate.
  • It is also flexible, and may change each year.
  • All the information you need to create a six-year plan is located in the MISD register on the MISD website.


for this presentation you will need
For this presentation you will need:
  • A six year plan form
  • A pen or pencil
  • I will answer questions at the end. Write them down, so you do not forget.
  • State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
  • Replaces TAKS
  • New test begins in the 2011-12 school year, 3rd through 8th grade.
programs of study
  • Programs of Study are courses developed from the Achieve TEXAS Career Clusters.
  • Does NOT exempt students from the required courses for graduation.
  • These (CTE) Career and Technology courses are electives and will give students a strong foundation in a particular area.
examples of programs of study
  • Student wants to go to college and study Engineering. This student will take electives related to Engineering.
  • Each High School will offer 40 plus Programs of Study!

Important Dates!!

  • March 6th at 6:30 p.m. - Parent Night at all junior highs
  • March 9th - All 6th graders will visit the junior highs
  • March 19nd – 23th - 7th grade counselors will visit the elementary schools to talk with students about registering for classes
junior high
Junior High
  • All 7th graders will be required to take
    • English
    • Math
    • Social Studies
    • Science
    • P.E./Athletics or Band
    • Electives
electives in junior high indicates a class that will give the student high school credit
Intro. Art




Speech & Drama

Spanish I, II & III*

Art I*

Electives in Junior High* indicates a class that will give the student high school credit
  • Touch Systems Data Entry*
  • Principals of Human Services*
  • Human Services Career Portals
  • Manufacturing Career Portals
  • Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM)

Electives are unique to each Junior High. Please attend the Parent Meeting on March 6 @ 6:30 for more information.

what is a pre ap class
What is a Pre AP Class?
  • An Advanced Placement (AP) class is a rigorous course that is aligned with College Board’s Standards for College Success. These classes are taken in the 11th and 12 grades.
  • A “Pre AP” class is taken in 7th – 10th grade and helps a student prepare for an AP class.
how do i know if my child should take a pre ap class
How do I Know if my child should take a Pre AP class?
  • MISD has guiding criteria that gives us guidelines to let you know if your child would be prepared to take a Pre AP class.
  • The main criteria is that the student is willing to attend class every day, do the work required, and ask for help when they don’t understand.
junior high school ap pre ap guiding criteria 2012 2013
Junior High SchoolAP/Pre-AP Guiding Criteria2012-2013

Pre-AP Social Studies, Science, Math, and/or English:

* 7th grade: 707 Scale Score on TAKS reading (5th grade TAKS)

* 7th grade: 692 Scale Score on Math TAKS test (5th grade TAKS)

* 7th grade: must have an 85 average in core area in 6th grade

Pre-qualifying conditions for Algebra:

(Student must meet criteria below)

* Students must qualify for GT Math

Foreign Language Guiding Criteria:

 Pre-qualifying conditions for 7th graders taking Spanish I:

  * 707 Scale Score on TAKS reading (5th grade TAKS)

* 85 in 6th grade ELA

Important Notice:

· Prior to taking the course, students and parents at all grade levels will sign an AP/Pre-AP Agreement which explains the rigor and expectations required.

  • · Students at all grade levels must have a 70 average in each AP/Pre-AP course at
  • the end of the first semester to automatically continue in that AP/Pre-AP course for
  • the second semester.

· If the student does not have a 70 average, the campus principal may consider

extenuating circumstances and allow the student to continue in the course for the

second semester on a probationary status

if your student is interested in pre ap classes
If your student is interested in Pre AP classes:
  • MISD is asking that you conference with your counselor and teacher for guidance.
  • Parents and students sign an enrollment agreement that states that your child will be in the class for at least three weeks before they can change their schedule.
  • This will give your student an opportunity to understand the expectations of the course.
  • Students who are testing for GT placement need to fill out a PreAP contract as well.
what classes do i need to take in high school
What classes do I need to take in high school?
  • Your first step is deciding what graduation plan you want to follow. Your graduation plan determines what classes you need for graduation.
  • Your choices are:

Recommended High School Plan (RHSP) or

Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP).

  • The main difference between the two is the DAP requires a third year of foreign language and advanced measures.
  • You are NOT required to have a certain GPA to be on the DAP. You only need to complete the additional requirements.
  • You need 26 credits to graduate.
  • There are some classes in junior high that will give you high school credit.
  • Starting in 9th grade, you get a credit for EVERY class you take.
  • Receiving a credit is based on two things:

1. A grade of 70 or higher

2. Your attendance ~ you must attend 90% of the time each semester.

  • If you take a class and are not awarded a credit, the only way to get that credit is to RETAKE the class.


~ Requirement: 4 years

~ The sequence is:

English - Freshman (9th grade)

English II - Sophomore (10th grade)

English III - Junior (11th grade)

English IV - Senior (12th grade)

~ The English sequence will be the same for everyone. The only time this sequence will vary is if a student takes English in summer school or doubles up on their English classes. For example in 11th grade they take English III AND English IV.



  • Requirement: 4 years
  • The math sequence is:

Algebra I

Geometry Math Models

Algebra II

Pre Calculus

  • Any math class taken beyond the requirement will count as elective credit (Calculus, Statistics).


  • Requirement: 4 years
  • The sequence is:




Select from a list offered by the district

Any science class taken beyond this requirement will be an elective credit (anatomy & physiology, geology, oceanography, astronomy or scientific research & design).


Social Studies

  • Requirement: 3.5 years
  • The sequence is:

World Geography - Freshman (9th grade)

World History - Sophomore (10th grade)

U.S. History - Junior (11th grade)

Government (1 semester) OR

Honors Government (1 semester or 1 year)

  • Government is only available in 11th or 12th grade.
  • Most students take this with Economics in 12th grade.


  • Requirement:

1 semester = Adv. Economics

1 year = Honors Economics

  • Economics is only available in 11th or 12th grade. Most students take this their senior year with Government the other semester.

Foreign Language

  • Requirement:

2 years for RHSP

3 years for DAP

  • You must take the SAME LANGUAGE for 2 or 3 years.
  • MISD offers Latin, French, German and Spanish.
  • Junior High campuses only offer Spanish

Physical Education

  • Requirement: 1.5 years
  • Please remember that you may count 4 years of PEtoward graduation. This mainly effects students in athletics. If you play athletics all 4 years of high school, the last two years will count towards high school elective credit.


  • Requirement: 1 semester
  • Health class is the only class that will meet this requirement. You may not substitute a different class. It will be offered every year.
  • It is REQUIRED for graduation.

Technical Applications (Computers)

  • Requirement: 1 year
  • You select from:


Computer Science (10, 11 & 12 grade)

Digital & Interactive Media


Fine Arts

  • Requirement: 1 year
  • Fine Arts includes the following areas:

Art courses

Theatre Courses


  • For students in band – Please remember that the Fall semester counts as PE and the Spring semester counts as a Fine Art. If you play band all four years, you’ll have two PE credits, one fine art credit and one elective credit.

Communication Applications

  • Requirement: 1 semester
  • Select from:

* Communications Application

* Professional Communication

  • It is REQUIRED for graduation.


  • Requirement:

3.5 for RHSP

2.5 for DAP

  • Your selections here are completely up to you. You have many classes to pick from. Make sure you review all your choices.