Honors Science-8 will challenge students at a higher level by offering the following units: Force and Motion; Atomic Theory; Kinetic Molecular Theory; Chemical Energy Transformations; Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions; Geologic Process; Weather; and Astronomy. A unit in Drug Education is included as part of the honors science curriculum. Successful completion of this course will allow a student to take Biology as a ninth grader.
- “Successful completion” is defined as receiving a “C” or better for all grading terms/semesters.
- If a student receives a “C” or better for all terms/semesters, the student:
- may take Biology as a 9th grader
- will be expected to take Chemistry, Physics, and Integrated Math III, or an equivalent math course, in high school
- must have successfully completed Math I..
- A grade of “D” or below for any term/semester will not allow a student to take Biology as a high school freshman. A student who receives a “D” or below will take General Science as a ninth grader to fulfill the graduation requirement.
- On rare occasions, the Honors Science-8 teacher may recommend a student who does not meet the criteria above for 9th grade Biology. Exceptions to the practice must be initiated by the Honors Science-8 teacher or site administrator. The teacher must provide a rationale to the middle school principal for review and approval. Documentation must accompany the request.
- 9th grade Biology students must also pass Chemistry and Physics in high school to fulfill their science agreement. If a student does not fulfill the Chemistry and Physics requirements, they must enroll in General Science.
- High school credits will not be given for the successful completion of this 8th grade Honors Science class.