HiCap in the Middle School

Middle School AAP

Advanced Academic Placement (AAP) is offered to Highly Capable students at all middle schools for sixth and seventh grade students. AAP for eighth grade students is offered at Canyon Park, Leota, and Northshore. Eighth grade students at Kenmore, Skyview, and Timbercrest are served through the Challenge Cluster Model.

The AAP Program provides eligible students an opportunity for advanced-level work with students who share their academic ability and interest. Students take AAP classes in English, social studies and science. Math course enrollment is based on the student's academic and test history. All middle school students will attend their neighborhood school regardless of Highly Capable qualification. 

Advanced Academic Placement provides eligible students an opportunity for advanced-level work with students of similar academic ability. Students qualified for AAP have met rigorous thresholds for qualification through a data portfolio including standardized academic achievement, creativity and cognitive measures of potential. 

Advanced Academic Placement is typically a self-contained classroom for core content areas including English, social studies, science and math. Students qualified for Highly Capable services in reading are enrolled in AAP English and AAP Social Studies. Students qualified for Highly Capable services in math will be enrolled in AAP Science and a math course that best fits their ability level. 

Middle School Challenge Cluster Model

Eighth grade Highly Capable students at Kenmore, Skyview, and Timbercrest are served through the Challenge Cluster model. All other Highly Capable middle school students are served through Advanced Academic Placement.

For Highly Capable eighth grade students at Kenmore, Skyview, and Timbercrest, students are clustered (grouped) in Challenge classes.  When the numbers of Highly Capable students in a given subject warrant making an AAP class, the school will do so.  Otherwise, students receive services in groups within Challenge classes.
 

Services may include:

  • Clustering identified students in a classroom to provide a peer group
  • Adjusting pacing, reducing review and repetition, curriculum compacting
  • Enhanced/enriched content or curriculum
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Extending content to include rigorous problems or projects

Middle School Math

What math class will my student take?

Math course enrollment is based on multiple factors beyond a student's Highly Capable qualification. Fifth-grade students who are receiving Highly Capable instruction in math will participate in the district's annual Algebra Readiness process. 

Algebra Readiness testing is a separate process from Highly Capable Eligibility Testing. Algebra Readiness testing is conducted by the district's Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department. More information regarding Algebra Readiness can be found on their website: Algebra Readiness FAQ

The Highly Capable Program can determine a student's eligibility for Highly Capable services in Math. However, a student's math placement will be based on data from a variety of sources (such as the student's academic history, state tests, Algebra Readiness, and the student's unique strengths and preferences). For information regarding your student's math course enrollment, we recommend contacting their assigned middle school counselor. 

Northshore School District serves students through a variety of programs, one of which is the Highly Capable Program. As HiCap students transition from elementary to middle school, a “jump” in sixth grade math standards often occurs. This most frequently happens when: 

  • Current fifth grade students newly qualify as HiCap in the content area of Math during their fifth grade year. The new math qualification allows these students to enroll in Challenge Math 7 as sixth graders. 

  • Current fifth grade students who are already receiving in-class math services often enroll in Challenge Math 7 as sixth graders.

In both cases, Challenge Math 7 will teach math at Grade 7 and Grade 8 standards. While our department does not require that students participate in summer courses, we also understand that some families of HiCap Math students may want to access Math 6 standards and curriculum over the summer. 

The following video provides directions for accessing the Core Focus instructional materials for Math 6. In order to access the video, your student will need to log in using their Northshore-provided Google account.  

Video: Core Focus On Math

 

What is covered in Math 6?

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers
  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions
  • Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities
  • Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables

 

Additional Resources

More information regarding middle school math can be found on the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Department's website: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. 

If your student wants to sharpen their math skills over the summer, the CIA Department recommends these online tools: