Middle school math is an incredibly important area for strong teaching. Since the subject builds from year to year, an excellent foundation is essential for students who plan to tackle advanced course offerings like AP Calculus and AP Chemistry in their junior and senior years of high school.
Darla Harbin and Dee Renfroe will provide that base. Harbin will teach 6th grade Honors Math as well as an accelerated group of 6th graders. Renfroe will teach 7th and 8th grade Honors Math as well as an accelerated group of 8th graders. Students who are able to perform in the accelerated classes have the opportunity to complete two years of calculus before graduation.
Ninth grade social studies requires top-notch teaching as the freshmen complete Economics and American Government in two consecutive semesters. Economics students must perform well on a rigorous Georgia Milestones End-of-Course test, and half of the American Government students will take the Advanced Placement level of the class.
Farran Burnette and Katie Chastain are rising to the challenge. Burnette will teach Honors American Government and Advanced Placement American Government. Chastain, who also teaches in the Design Lab/Odyssey of the Mind program, will teach the Honors Economics classes.
As a part of the Scholars Academy designation, students are enrolled in a foreign language course every year. In addition to fulfilling the high school requirement of two years of a foreign language, students can take up to 6 years of a single language or they can study other languages in addition to the Spanish and Latin that are initially offered in the middle school years.
John Jimenez and Kathryn Godinez will guide middle school students through their first years of exploring the Spanish language. Jimenez will teach Spanish I as well as the Spanish IA that is for 6th graders. Godinez will teach Spanish IB, for 7th graders, and Spanish II which is typically 8th grade students at Scholars Academy.