Satisfactory completion of summer work will be expected to enter Honors courses. Additionally, students must earn a 70% or higher (grade of A, B, or C) in their honors course to remain in the class. If a student in an honors course does not have a 70% or higher at the end of each nine week grading period, he/she may be moved into the traditional level course for the remainder of the year.
Students entering 8th grade who would like to enroll in Honors Algebra I must meet eligibility criteria consisting of successful completion of Advanced Pre-Algebra (80% or higher) or 166 standard score or higher on Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test. Honors Algebra I is for high school credit and includes a midterm and final exam. Grades earned are included in the high school grade point average (GPA), and it is a weighted course. A graphing calculator is required.
Procedures are in place for student removal from Honors Algebra I as indicated in the SMS Curriculum Guide. Regardless of who (student, parent, school personnel) requests a removal from such class, students will not be removed from Honors Algebra I after the midterm is administered.
Only students who have successfully completed Honors Algebra I may enroll in Honors Geometry.