Middle School Rigor Level Descriptors

  • In middle school, core courses in English, reading, and mathematics are offered at three different levels designed to challenge students based on their learning ability and needs. In eighth-grade, Science and Social Studies are offered at Grade Level or Honors Level. We have updated the rigor level descriptors to better align them with our high school rigor levels and improve communication with parents & guardians.

    Accelerated Honors (formerly accelerated):

    Accelerated Honors courses are designed for students who can learn advanced content at an accelerated pace. These courses provide students with a rigorous curriculum that extends beyond grade-level standards. These courses promote collaborative and self-directed learning through a variety of instructional activities and assessments.


    Honors (formerly Level I): 

    Honors courses are designed for students who can learn enriched content at a challenging pace. These courses provide students with a rigorous, grade-level curriculum. These courses promote collaborative, guided, and self-directed learning through a variety of instructional activities and assessments.


    Grade Level (formerly Level II): 

    Grade level courses are designed for students who can learn at a continuous pace. These courses provide students with essential skills and content knowledge aligned to grade-level standards. These courses promote collaborative and guided learning through a variety of instructional activities and assessments.

    Our teachers are committed to recommending the best instructional level for each student that challenges them intellectually and leads to success in the classroom. Recommendations are based on prior academic performance, ability, potential, and test information.