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  • MOUNTAIN BROOK JUNIOR HIGH 205 OVERBROOK ROAD MOUNTAIN BROOK, ALABAMA 35213 OFFICE: 871-3516 GUIDANCE OFFICE: 877-8346All students in 7th grade will be enrolled in the following courses: English, social studies, math, science, physicaleducation, elective and lunch. DESCRIPTION OF COURSES For all advanced and accelerated classes, the student must maintain a minimum average of 74 to remain in the class. ENGLISH English 7 This course is the level taken by the majority of students entering 7th grade. It provides for the study of writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literature. Students focus on the four modes of writing: expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive. The theme throughout 7th grade is “Identity,” with much of the literature relating to this theme. Selected novels are used to enhance the curriculum beyond the textbook provided. English 7 Advanced This is an advanced course for students, where multiple criteria is reviewed for placement: SAT X scores, OLSAT score, ARMT Reading score, 1st semester English average, and portfolio essay and reader’s response scores. This course is designed to move at an accelerated pace. The curriculum provides for the study of grammar, literary analysis, and formal essay writing. Students focus on the four modes of writing: expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive. The theme throughout 7th grade is “Identity,” with much of the literature relating to this theme. The course content is similar to that of the regular course, but the reading and composition require more independent thought and intellectual maturity. Recommendation made by school Foundational English 7 This course is designed for students with an IEP, who have significant weaknesses in reading, writing, and/or grammar skills. This course meets the minimum state requirements for 7th grade English with an emphasis on reading skills. Students practice the four modes of writing: expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive. The theme throughout 7th grade is “Identity,” with much of the literature relating to this theme. Selected novels are used to enhance the curriculum beyond the textbook provided. Placement made by school MATH Math 7 This is the first year of a two-year course in pre-algebra. The curriculum addresses numerous mathematical concepts such as: rational number operations, one and two step equations, geometric relationships among two and three dimensional objects, measurement, and data analysis and probability. Students completing this course will take the second year of pre-algebra as 8th graders. Pre-Algebra 7 This is a 90 minute accelerated course for motivated students who desire the opportunity to take algebra in the 8th grade, but do not meet the criteria for placement into Advanced Pre-Algebra 7. Students in this course attending school from 8:00-3:00 will not have a study hall. However, this course will be offered from 7:30-9:00 for students who wish to have a regular L/S. This course will cover integer operations, the second half of the 7th grade math curriculum, and the full year of the 8th grade pre-algebra curriculum. Students successfully completing this course will be considered for placement into Algebra 1 as 8th graders. Grades earned in 8th grade Algebra 1 will count towards a students’ high school grade point average (GPA) which is an important component for college acceptance.Updated: 2/10/2011
  • Pre-Algebra 7 AdvancedThis is an advanced course which encompasses the second semester curriculum for 7th grade pre-algebra and thefull year of the 8th grade pre-algebra curriculum. It is designed for mathematically-inclined students who meetthe following minimum requirements: committee recommendation, 92 average in the first semester of 6th gradeAdvanced Math, 95th percentile on the Stanford 10 Achievement test in total math and reading comprehension,an OLSAT score of 130, and the following minimum scores on the placement test for 7th grade math: problemsolving 8/10, computation 54/61, and 80% on the Pythagorean Theorem test. Students who do not maintain a74 average in this course will be placed into a 90 minute pre-algebra class. Students successfully completingthis course will take Algebra I or Advanced Algebra I as 8th graders, which will count towards students’ highschool grade point average (GPA). Recommendation made by schoolBasic Math 7This is a 90 minute class designed for students who have weaknesses in mathematical skills. Students will haveapproximately 30 minutes of remediation in math skills every day to provide them with a stronger foundationfor future math classes. In addition, the Math 7 curriculum is taught at a slower pace and the concepts are notdeveloped as extensively as in the regular Math 7 course. The content addresses numerous mathematicalconcepts such as: rational number operations, one and two step equations, geometric relationships among twoand three dimensional objects, measurement, and data analysis and probability. Students in this course attendingschool from 8:00-3:00 will not have a study hall. However, this course will be offered from 7:30-9:00 forstudents who wish to have a regular L/S. Recommendation made by schoolFoundational Math 7This course is designed for students with an IEP, who are working more than a year below grade level. Theseconcepts consist of the following: number theory, basic numerical operations, fractions, geometry,measurement, and money. The work is modified and does not fully prepare a student for regular level mathcourses in the future. Placement made by school SCIENCEScience 7This course focuses on life science. Students are encouraged to develop an appreciation for the importance ofdiversity of life, while simultaneously understanding the impact of their roles as individuals in the community oflife. Some areas of study include the characteristics of living things, functions of organelles, tissues and organsof various systems in the body, function of chromosomes, and Mendel’s laws of genetics. The focus of thiscourse prepares students for biology and other life science courses taken in high school. Students are involved inlaboratory experiments for a deeper understanding of the concepts.Foundational Science 7This course is designed for students with an IEP, who have significant academic weaknesses. It is based on theminimum state requirements for 7th grade science. This course focuses on life science. Some areas of study arethe characteristics of living things, functions of organelles, tissues and organs of various systems in the body,function of chromosomes, and Mendel’s laws of genetics. Students are involved in laboratory experiments for adeeper understanding of the concepts. Placement made by school SOCIAL STUDIESGeography/ CivicsThis course includes one semester of geography and one semester of civics/citizenship. During the semester ofgeography, students increase their knowledge of the physical nature of the world and of the relationshipsbetween people and their environments. They also study geography in the context of economics, politics, andculture. The curriculum focuses on the cultural geography of the Eastern Hemisphere. During the semester ofcivics, students explore the role of citizens in the United States. The curriculum addresses representativedemocracy, law, personal economics, and civil responsibility. 2
  • Foundational Geography/CivicsThis course is designed for students with an IEP, who have significant academic weaknesses. It is based on theminimum state requirements for 7th grade civics and geography. Students will explore the role of citizens in theUnited States. The curriculum addresses representative democracy, law, personal economics, and civilresponsibility. They also study geography in the context of economics, politics, and culture. This year-longcourse supports the study of World History I in the eighth. Placement made by school PHYSICAL EDUCATIONAccording to the Code of Alabama, 16-40-1, daily physical education is required in Grades K-8. No exceptionsand no substitutions.P.E. Boys/P.E. GirlsThis course provides participation in a variety of team and individual sports with an emphasis on developingsports skills. Fitness and health principles are also incorporated into the curriculum to build a foundation forlifetime fitness. Regulation gym suits are required and students will be assigned P.E. lockers.P.E. Co-edThis co-ed course provides participation in a variety of team and individual sports with an emphasis ondeveloping sports skills. Fitness and Health principles are also incorporated into the curriculum to build afoundation for lifetime fitness. Regulation gym suits are required and students will be assigned P.E. lockers.This class will meet from 7:15 AM to 7:50 AM daily.P.E. AdaptiveThis PE course is offered for students with physical limitations. It provides participation in a variety of team andindividual sports with individual accommodations made as they are stated in the student’s IEP. Fitness andHealth principles are incorporated into the curriculum to build a foundation for lifetime fitness. Regulation gymsuits are required and students will be assigned P.E. lockers. Recommendation required.P.E./ LunchIn this course students participate in PE for 40 minutes and have 20 minutes for lunch. FOREIGN LANGUAGESForeign Languages are considered an academic elective. If a student chooses to enroll in a ForeignLanguage, he or she may not enroll in another elective, unless he/she enrolls in Co-ed PE at 7:15 AM.French ImmersionThis course creates an authentic French-speaking environment in the classroom and provides real-life contextsand everyday situations in which to communicate in French. Upon successful completion of this course, moststudents take Advanced French I.Latin I-ALatin I-A is the first half of a traditional first year Latin course. This course is followed with Latin I-B in the 8thgrade. Students who complete Latin I-A AND I-B will have completed one year of a Foreign Language credit.The Latin I-B average will count towards students’ high school grade point average (GPA).Spanish I-ASpanish 1-A is the first half of a traditional first year Spanish course. This course is followed with Spanish I-Bin the 8th grade. Students who complete Spanish I-A AND I-B will have completed one year of a ForeignLanguage credit. The Spanish I-B average will count towards students’ high school grade point average (GPA). 3
  • YEARLY ELECTIVESAcademic Skills 7This course is designed for students who need assistance in academic, organizational, and time managementskills, and addresses the academic needs of the student. For maximum success, parents, students, and academicsupport teachers work together as a team. Recommendation is determined by a student’s grades and teacherrecommendations as to a student’s overall needs. Students are re-evaluated at the end of each grading period todetermine eligibility. Per teacher recommendation and a Student Based Student Support Team decision,students achieving A’s and B’s will be automatically removed and placed into another elective for secondsemester. Recommendation required.Beginning BandThis course is designed for the beginning instrumental music student. Students will learn to produce soundscharacteristic of the instrument and demonstrate the components essential to the production of characteristictones. Students become well versed in the ability to count and sight-read rhythms. Participation in allperformances is required.Band, ConcertThis is an intermediate-level band course designed for students with one or more years experience in band.Students widen their range of dynamics and the range at which they achieve a characteristic sound. Additionalscales and rudiments are mastered, facilitating the ability to play in a wide variety of keys. Concert Bandperforms regularly at concerts, competitive music festivals, and selected pep rallies and athletic events.Participation in all performances is required.Choir JH YearThis course is designed for students who are eager to explore choral music instruction. Emphasis is placed onthe fundamentals of singing. They are exposed to various musical styles and cultures. The MBJH Choir is aperforming group. Participation in performances is required.Resource Lab 7This course is designed to provide academic and organizational assistance to students as specified in their IEP.Students, parents and special education teachers work as a team to address the academic needs of the student.Time is used to support students by preparing for tests, working on homework, and reinforcing skills that arepresented in the core academic subject classrooms. Recommendation required. SEMESTER ELECTIVESCreative Writing JHThis course is designed for 7th-9th graders who enjoy writing and desire the opportunity to write poetry, shortstories, advertisements, personal narratives, and reviews. Students will use the writing process to define personalwriting styles.Drama IntroThis course is designed for 7th-9th graders who want to perform on stage. Students participate in a one-act play, adramatic duo acting team, and an original play that is presented at the end of the semester. This class alsoincludes the technical side of theater, such as lighting and sound, costuming and makeup, set design, anddirecting. Students are required to participate in one or two performance(s) outside of the school day. Thesedate(s) and times will be announced in advance. 4
  • Junior United Nations AssemblyThis course is designed to give students valuable experience and confidence in a variety of communicationskills. Students use research to write proposals and defend positions of a country at the Alabama Junior UnitedNations Assembly (JUNA). Students engage in public speaking and group communication activities. Studentshave JUNA/lunch in order to prepare and practice for the assembly during 2nd semester. Students are selectedfor this class through an application process. Please go to the MBJH website for further applicationinformation.Rotating Elective Program- Fine ArtsThis is an exploratory course that exposes students to electives that may be taken at a more in-depth level in the8th and 9th grades. The Fine Arts REP consists of two introductory courses: Speech/Drama/Debate, and Art. InSpeech/Drama/Debate students develop confidence by engaging in public speaking, group communicationactivities, drama, and debate. In the Art class students are introduced to art by creating original works of artusing a variety of media. Rotating Elective Program- TechnologyThis is a semester long exploratory course that exposes students to two electives that may be taken at a more in-depth level in the 8th and 9th grades. The technology REP consists of two introductory courses: CareerExplorations and Computer Essentials. In Career Explorations students study the history of Flight Aviationinvolving the construction of a balsa/paper rubber band powered airplane, NASA and the construction of anESTES model rocket, and engineering and the construction of and balsa wooden bridge. In Computer Essentialsstudents will create a webpage and work in Word, Excel, and ACCESS to understand how they can use theseskills in the world today. LUNCH PERIODSLunch/StudyStudents eat lunch for half of the period and attend a supervised study hall for the other half of the period.Lunch/Band 7Students eat lunch for half of the period and participate in band for the other half of the period. Students must beenrolled in band to participate in this class.Lunch/Choir 7Students eat lunch for half of the period and attend choir the other half. A student does not need to be enrolled inchoir to participate in this class.Lunch/JUNA 7This course divides class time between lunch and an additional JUNA time as needed. Once the assembly hasmet, students will have study hall. Students enrolled in JUNA are required to take this class, instead ofLunch/Study.Lunch /Resource LabStudents eat lunch for half of the period and receive minimal academic and organizational assistance as perstudent’s IEP goals the other half of the period. Recommendation required.Statement of Non-discriminationIt is the policy of the Mountain Brook Schools that no person within the district shall be excluded from participation in, denied thebenefits of, or subject to discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability or age in any program, activity,or employment practice. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Dr.Dale Wisely, Director of Students Services, 32 Vine Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213, 205-877-8349. 5
  • GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS for the classes of 2013 and 2014 ADVANCED DIPLOMA With HonorsCOURSE GROUP (Units COURSE TITLE COURSE UNIT VALUERequired for Graduation)English (4) English (9-12) 1 unit/course 4 units totalMathematics (4 of the Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II with Trig, Probability and 1 unit/coursefollowing)* Statistics, Pre-calculus, or Calculus 4 units totalScience (4) 4 Courses from Group 1 1 unit/course (Biology and either Chemistry or Physics are required.) 4 units totalSocial Studies (4) World History, U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History 1877 to 1 unit/course the Present, Government & Economics 4 units totalForeign Language (3)* French, Latin, Spanish 1 unit/course 3 units total (same language)Physical Education/LIFE Physical Education/LIFE(MBHS) 1 unit/course(MBHS)(1)**Health Education (0.5) Health with online experience 0.5 units totalFine Arts (0.5) Any Fine Arts offering 0.5 units totalElectives (3) Various selections 3 units totalTechnology Proficiency Demonstrated through passing of Technology Test or by 0 unit for passing test taking Computer Applications* or Business Technology .5 units for Comp App or Business Tech Total 24 ADVANCED DIPLOMACOURSE GROUP (Units COURSE TITLE COURSE UNIT VALUERequired for Graduation)English (4) English (9-12) 1 unit/course 4 units totalMathematics (4)* Algebra I-A, Algebra I-B, Geometry, and Algebra II with 1 unit/course Trig OR 4 units total Algebra I, Geometry, Algebraic Connections, and Algebra II with Trig OR Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II with Trig, Probability and Statistics, Pre-calculus, or CalculusScience (4) 3 Courses from Group I and 1 from either Group I or II 1 unit/course (Biology and either Chemistry or Physics are required). 4 units totalSocial Studies (4) World History, U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History 1877 to 1 unit/course the Present, Government & Economics 4 units totalForeign Language (2)* French, Latin, Spanish 1 unit/course 2 units total (same language)Physical Education/LIFE Physical Education/LIFE(MBHS) 1 unit/course(MBHS)(1)**Health Education (0.5) Health with online experience 0.5 units totalFine Arts (0.5) Any Fine Arts offering 0.5 units totalElectives (4) Various selections 4 units totalTechnology Proficiency Demonstrated through passing of Technology Test or by 0 unit for passing test taking Computer Applications*or Business Technology .5 units for Comp App or Business Tech Total 24 6
  • STANDARD DIPLOMACOURSE GROUP (Units Course Title Course Unit ValueRequired for Graduation)English (4) English (9-12) 1 unit/course 4 units totalMathematics (4) Any four maths, including Algebra I and Geometry 1 unit/course The Algebra I credit may be fulfilled by taking 4 units total Algebra I-A and Algebra I-BScience (4) Any four sciences including Biology and Physical Science, 1 unit/course Chemistry, or Physics 4 units totalSocial Studies (4) World History, U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History 1877 to the 1 unit/course Present, Government & Economics 4 units totalPhysical Education/LIFE Physical Education/LIFE 1 unit/course(MBHS) (1)** (MBHS)Health Education (0.5) Health with online experience 0.5 units totalFine Arts (0.5) Any Fine Arts offering 0.5 units totalElectives (6) Various selections 6 units totalTechnology Proficiency Demonstrated through passing of Technology Test or by taking 0 unit for passing test Computer Applications * or Business Technology .5 units for Comp App or Bus. Tech Total 24Students may take courses at the regular, advanced, and/or AP level in order to receive any of the above diplomas. Additionally, students mustpass all 5 areas of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.*Both grade and credit for Algebra I, Level 1 of a foreign language, and/or Computer Applications taken in the 8 th grade will appear on thestudent’s high school transcript. These courses will count toward the 24 credits required for graduation and will be used in computing class rankand GPA.**PE/Life Waiver: This course can be waived if students fulfill the course requirements through participation in school athletic teams, marchingband, or selected performing vocal groups in 10 th grade.Science Courses - GROUP I: Biology, Adv. Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Adv. Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Chemistry II, Adv.Chemistry, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C GROUP II: Environmental Science, Marine Science, Physical Science, Forensic Science, Earth and Space Science HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA with Credit-Based EndorsementTo earn this endorsement, students must have passed three of the five subtests on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam including reading, math, andone of the science, language, or social studies subject-area tests. Eligible students shall complete the required credits for a diploma and continue to take theAHSGE each time offered. ALABAMA OCCUPATIONAL DIPLOMAThe Alabama Occupational Diploma (AOD) course of study is designed for students with disabilities (as defined by the IDEA) with the expected outcomeof independent, competitive employment. Students with disabilities obtain the Alabama Occupational Diploma by earning the required AOD coursecredits and completing the AOD portfolio. The Alabama Occupational Diploma courses of study may be implemented in any Least RestrictiveEnvironment deemed appropriate by the IEP Team. Students may earn the course credits for the AOD through general education courses or occupationaldiploma courses.COURSE GROUP (Units Req. for Grad.) COURSE TITLE COURSE UNIT VALUEEnglish (4) Life Skills English I, II, III & IV or gen. ed. courses 1 unit/course/4 units totalMathematics (4) Essential Mathematics I & II and Algebraic Explorations 1 unit/course/4 units total I & II or general education coursesScience (4) Life Skills Science I, II, and III; Science Connection IV 1 unit/course/4 units total or general education coursesSocial Studies (4) World History for Living II 1 unit/course United States History for Living I & II, Economics for Living, and United States Government for Living or 4 units total general education coursesCareer/Technical Education (2) 2 units totalCareer Cooperative Education (1) 1 unit total/1 unit totalCoordinated Studies or Transition (1)Health Education (.5) Health with online experience 0.5 units totalPhysical Education /LIFE(MBHS) (1)** Physical Education/LIFE(MBHS) 1 unit totalFine Arts (0.5) Any Fine Arts courses 0.5 units totalElectives (2) P.E, career/technical education, driver education…. 2 units total Total 24 7
  • MATH FLOW CHART Fifth Grade Math 10/10 6th Grade 6th Grade Advanced Math Math Advanced Pre-alg Math Basic Pre-alg. 7 7 Math 7 7 Advanced Algebra Pre- Basic 8th Algebra I I Pre-Algebra Algebra 8 8 9th Advanced Geometry Algebra I Algebra Geometry I-A Advanced 10th Algebra II Algebra II Algebraic Algebra with Trig with Trig Connections Geometry I-B Advanced Probability and Advanced Algebra II Algebraic Geometry or 11th Pre-calculus Statistics Algebra II with Trig Connections Essential Pre- with Trig Geometry Calculus AP Probability and Algebra Algebraic12th Calculus Statistics Algebra II Calculus Advanced II with Connections Pre-calculus Pre- Trig calculus
  • Science Curriculum Flowchart Grades 9-12 with Math Requirements (See Course Selection Guide for specific requirements/prerequisites.) 12th Grade9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy & Physiology Environmental Science Environmental Science Earth & Space Science Forensic Science Forensic Science Marine Science Marine Science Earth & Space Science Physics2 (B Physical Science Anatomy & PhysiologyBiology Environmental Science Earth & Space Science Chemistry1 Forensic Science Marine Science Physics2 Chemistry II2 AP Environmental Science Chemistry1 Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy & Physiology Adv Anatomy & Physiology Adv Anatomy & Physiology AP Biology5 AP Biology5 AP Chemistry 3 AP Chemistry 3 Chemistry II2 AP Environmental Science Environmental Science Chemistry II2Adv Biology Earth & Space Science Environmental Science Forensic Science Earth & Space Science Marine Science Forensic Science Physics2 Marine Science AP Physics B3 or C4 Physics2 AP Physics B3 or C4 Adv Chemistry2 Math Requirements Group 1 Group 2 1 Completed Algebra I Anatomy & Physiology Physical Science 2 Completed or concurrently enrolled in Algebra II w/Trig All Chemistry Earth & Space Science 3 Completed or concurrently enrolled in Pre-calculus Biology Environmental Science 4 Completed or concurrently enrolled in AP Calculus B/C Physics Forensic Science 5 Strong math background required All ADV & AP classes Marine Science
  • Updated: 2/10/2011 4:51:24 PM