Philosophy & Goal:
We believe in providing an appropriate and challenging education for all students and acknowledge that gifted and talented students excel in many areas; therefore, we will offer opportunities to maximize their learning and build their creative capacity. To that end, we will offer a differentiated program for these students: The Hilo Intermediate School Honors Program.
Hilo Intermediate School honors classes, aligned with national standards for gifted and talented education, are open to all students who seek increased academic rigor. The goal of Honors classes is to provide a consistent middle school curriculum that extends the Common Core State Standards in depth and complexity and meets the needs of a diverse group of learners. We will meet this goal by:
¨ Setting challenging curriculum standards appropriate to the intellectual and social development of students in the honors program;
¨ Providing learning opportunities to all students with outstanding talent and learning abilities;
¨ Providing instructional and related services necessary to challenge and educate students in honors classes at levels commensurate with their abilities;
¨ Providing staff development and teacher training;
¨ Increasing and maintaining parent participation; and
¨ Establishing a school-wide student identification, parent notification, and program evaluation system.
Students will be required to apply and obtain a teacher recommendation for the Honors classes; however, it will ultimately be a student and parent choice to select the appropriate class(es) based on teacher recommendations, course descriptions, expectations and student interest. If the student progresses satisfactorily throughout the year, they will continue in the Honors Program. Math is the exception. Students will be tested at the end of Quarter 3 of their 7th grade year to determine eligibility for Algebra I.
Students not maintaining a “C” or better on their mid-quarter report and end-of-term report card will be placed on probationary status. Students will have the next mid-quarter to raise their grade to a “C.” If they are not successful, they will be exited from the Honors class and placed in an aligned Core subject class.
¨ What services are available for students seeking increased academic challenge at Hilo Intermediate School?
Honors classes offer students who demonstrate previous high achievement in specific areas of strength, the opportunity to experience a program of study at greater levels of depth and complexity. Honors classes offer a rigorous and challenging curriculum in the four core subject areas. They also offer students an opportunity to develop relationships with peers who will then attend the same high school. Honors classes are available in all middle schools.
¨ What subject areas offer Honors classes?
Honors classes are available in the four core academic areas of English, mathematics, social studies, and science. Honors classes use a middle school curriculum that extends the Common Core State Standards in depth and complexity.
¨ How and when are students enrolled in Honors classes?
The course selection process begins during Hilo Intermediate’s registration season, which takes place in early December for incoming 8th graders and in mid - December for incoming 7th graders. Incoming 8th grade registration packets, which include Honors 8 course information and application materials, are distributed in student’s homerooms in early December. Incoming 7th grade registration and Honors course selection takes place in mid - December at Incoming 7th Grade Registration Night(s).
¨ How do I refer my child for Honors classes in the Hilo Intermediate School Honors Program?
Honors classes are open enrollment. If parents/guardians feel that their child would benefit from Honors classes (or from additional Honors classes), they may contact the Honors Program Coordinator and request enrollment in Honors classes.
¨ How many Honors classes should my child take?
There are many factors parents / guardians and students may want to consider when deciding how many Honors classes a student takes. This may include the student’s strengths, interests, additional responsibilities, and/or extracurricular activities.
¨ Which math class should I take?