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Advanced Science Criteria

Advanced Science/APP Biology Classes




8th Graders:


In order for students to be successful in the advanced science classes at BGJHS, they must:


  • Have reading and math skills that have been consistently above grade level as determined by Star Math and Reading or other district progress monitoring tests.


  • Have mastered complex skills in mathematics (percentages, fractions, metric units, formulas, basic algebra concepts etc.)


  • Be able to exhibit comprehension of readings from a variety of text from 9-12th grade level materials (high school Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and/or Earth Science books).


  • Have mastered skills within science content:
  • Read, interpret, and construct graphs (simple and complex line graphs)
  • Apply and design experiments using the steps of the scientific method
  • Mastered content vocabulary from 7th grade and previous years.
  • Have basic laboratory skills (behavior, procedures, tool usage, etc.)
  • Be prepared for increased level of technology usage
  • Be able to use and manipulate formulas (speed, force, acceleration, etc.)
  • Be able to calculate metric conversions (g to kg, m to cm, etc.)


  • Maintain an 80% average for the year- if the average goes below this at the end of the first or second quarters, then he/she will be removed- parents will be contacted about better placement.


  • No movement in or out of the advanced class will occur after 2nd quarter



Parent Information:

All science classes are being taught according to the national standards, so all students are being exposed to their grade level material, which is rigorous preparation for high school science classes, regardless of whether they are in an advanced class.  An “A” in a regular science class means that a student is mastering the grade level content, which is what we want to see.  It is not always an indicator that a child needs to be in an advanced science class.  Before making the decision to place your child in advanced classes, please make sure he/she has mastered the basic skills.  Research shows that if a child does not have the basic skills, then upper level courses will be very difficult.