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Onslow County Schools 2016-2017 Middle School Course of Study (Grades 6-8) Main Page
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2016-2017 Middle School Course of Study - Complete File
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What to Expect in Middle School
Immunization Information
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Core includes English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies
Middle School Electives
Offerings and availability differ from school to school.
Testing Information
What to Expect in High School

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

In Onslow County Schools, Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) allows students to show deep understanding of content and processes in most high school courses.  CDM is for students who have mastery over all or the vast majority of course content prior to receiving instruction.   This understanding will be shown through a multi-phase process which will include an examination and a product.  Student work on each element will be assessed to determine if it reaches the level necessary to receive course credit.   Students who demonstrate mastery will receive course credit, but not grade points.  Students may only attempt CDM for a course one time.  CDM should inform scheduling for upcoming semesters or school years.  Students and families should carefully consider the long term scheduling implications when considering CDM.  High school courses offered at the middle school level can also be considered for CDM.  Students and families interested in CDM should contact their school counselor.  For more information regarding CDM in Onslow County please visit http://academicinnovation.weebly.com/cdm.html.

Programs for Exceptional Students

Exceptional students are students who are eligible for services under IDEA with at least one of 14 disabilities.  A multi-disciplinary team develops an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for identified students to ensure access to the general curriculum and progress in targeted goal areas.  A free and appropriate education must be provided in the least restrictive environment.  A continuum of placements must be available, to include regular, resource, separate class, separate school, and hospital/homebound settings.  The vast majority of exceptional students follow the standard course of study with needed modifications and accommodations, but the most significantly impacted students follow an adaptive curriculum.

Section 504

Students who do not qualify for exceptional children’s services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may be entitled to support under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

A student may be found disabled under Section 504 if he/she has:

  • a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity (i.e. learning, behavior, seeing, walking, and so forth)
  • a record of impairment
  • or, is regarded as having an impairment

Students eligible under Section 504 are entitled to supports and services which are delivered through a 504 plan. For more information on Section 504, please contact your school counselor.

English as a Second Language Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program helps ensure that “students identified as limited English proficient (LEP) attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all students are expected to meet.” (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). ESL services are available to any student who is enrolled in an Onslow County school (grades K-12) and who has been assessed and identified as limited English proficient.

Instruction for Gifted Students

Students are often identified as Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) during the elementary school years. However, screening, testing, and identification for gifted can be requested at any grade level through middle and high school. Curricula for the highest ability students follows the NC Standard Course of Study, however a variety of differentiation techniques are utilized in order to meet the needs of gifted students. A gifted student receives guidance regarding the courses that will best meet his/her area of giftedness. This plan is referred to as the Differentiated Education Plan (DEP) and is to be updated annually with the input of teachers, parents, and the student. Coursework is one way that content is differentiated for gifted students. Gifted children are encouraged to take courses that will challenge their academic potential at the Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) level. Students are also encouraged to enroll in challenging Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study as they align with students’ future plans. Gifted Specialists and school counselors provide services and counseling which specifically address the social and emotional needs of gifted children. This may take the form of different ways of learning content or modified products that demonstrate mastery of content. In addition, gifted specialists and counselors seek to meet the social and emotional needs of gifted students through individual and small group counseling as needed. 

At the middle and high school level, enrichment opportunities can also be a way to reach the needs of gifted students. AIG students are encouraged to apply for and take advantage of opportunities such as Odyssey of the Mind, the Science and Engineering Fair, Battle of the Books, and others. Programs such as the North Carolina Governor’s School, the North Carolina School of Science and Math, Summer Ventures, and advanced coursework through North Carolina Virtual Public School can also be resources to meet the varied needs of gifted learners. It is the belief of Onslow County Schools that gifted students are gifted all day, every day and therefore instruction must be modified in all courses to challenge gifted students.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

In Onslow County, students may participate in IB programmes from the elementary level at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School, to middle school at Northwoods Park Middle School, and in the Diploma Programme at Jacksonville High School.

The IB Diploma Program (DP) is a rigorous course of study, and the ideal IB student is an independent, motivated learner. A student with average ability, who is willing to work and has consistent and organized work habits, will succeed.

The DP is built around a curriculum containing six subject groups (Language, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science and the Arts) and a core of three parts (theory of knowledge, extended essay and creativity, action and service). “The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond.” (IBO)

IB Career Certificate Program (IBCP) allows students to specialize in, and focus on, a career-related pathway to higher education, further education, work or apprenticeships. The programme's three-part framework comprises the study of at least two Diploma Programme courses alongside career-related studies and the distinctive IBCP core which is designed to create a bridge that connects each student's chosen Diploma Programme courses and career-related studies. For IBCP students, Diploma Programme courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic challenge; career-related studies further support the programme's academic strength and provide practical real-world approaches to learning; and the IBCP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.

IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is offered at Northwoods Park Middle School. For more information on the IB MYP, please contact Northwoods Park Middle School at (910) 347-1202

IB courses, the IB Diploma Programme, and the IB Career Certificate Program are offered at Jacksonville High School. For more information about either the IB Diploma or IB Career Certificate Programmes, please contact the Jacksonville High School IB Programme Coordinator at (910) 989-2048.

For all Onslow County IB Programmes you may also contact Michael Elder or Michelle Chadwick in the Division of Academic Innovation at (910) 455-2211.

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