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Jan 16, 2018
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

PACE: Middle & High School Level

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Middle School PACE English

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The PACE English programs offered at O’Rourke Middle School are built into a student’s schedule, not as pull-out courses as they are in the elementary schools. The syllabus includes in-depth critiques of classic literature and writing and reading workshops at a high level of complexity and a faster pace.

The criteria for entrance into the PACE English 6 program include: the School College Ability Test (SCAT), the Cognitive Ability Test (COGAT), state assessment, and teacher recommendation. Students must maintain an overall average of 90% in both English and Reading. In addition, current PACE English 6 and nominated 6th grade students are required to participate in a writing examination. This test is similar to the 7th grade written exam required for entry into the PACE English 8 program.

Middle School and High School PACE Math

Recognizing the fact that students grow and learn at different rates, all students are eligible to qualify for the PACE Level I and PACE Level II programs at the end of grade 5. They must take the SCAT test.

Criteria for Admission:

  • COGAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) scores Grade 3
  • NYS Math tests Grade 4 and 5
  • SCAT (School College Ability Test) scores
  • Teacher recommendation

PACE Level l: One-year acceleration

The PACE Level I program begins in grade 6. Qualifying students take Math 6 Enriched. Students enrolled in Math 6 Enriched must complete the same curriculum as Regular Math 6, however, each topic is given a more thorough investigation and is studied in greater depth, providing enrichment and some acceleration. Various projects throughout the year demonstrate the application of mathematical and 21st Century skills.

Math 7 Advanced is a rigorous course that essentially combines regular Math 7 and 8 into a one-year course. After successful completion of Math 7 Advanced, students will take the first high school course, Integrated Algebra, as 8th graders.

Criteria for Continuance:

  • Maintenance of an overall average of 85 in mathematics
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Approval of department head or teacher leader

 

Below is a list of the courses a PACE Level I student will take:

  • Grade 6:  Math 6 Enriched at Middle School
  • Grade 7: Math 7 Advanced at Middle School
  • Grade 8:  Integrated Algebra at Middle School
  • Grade 9:  Geometry at High School
  • Grade 10: Alg2Trig at High School
  • Grade 11: Pre-Calculus** at High School
  • Grade 12: Calculus** at High School

**May qualify for University in the High School credit.

A student who participates in this program will be one-year accelerated in mathematics by the time he/she enters grade 8.

PACE Level l:  Two-year acceleration

The PACE Level II program, is an opportunity, for students who demonstrate an exceptional knowledge of mathematics both in the classroom and on assessments. This program begins in grade 6, placing qualifying students into the Math 7 Advanced course. Students must maintain an overall average of 90% in mathematics and
will be two-years accelerated in mathematics by the time he/she enters grade 8.

Below is a list of the courses a PACE Level II student will take:

  • Grade 6: Math 7 Advanced at Middle School
  • Grade 7: Integrated Algebra at Middle School
  • Grade 8: Geometry* at High School
  • Grade 9: Alg2Trig at High School
  • Grade 10: Pre-Calculus** at High School
  • Grade 11: Calculus** at High School
  • Grade 12: open***


*Students will be transported to the High School for class.

**May qualify for University in the High School credit.

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High School PACE English

The PACE English Grade 8 is offered at the O’Rourke Middle School. All participants must qualify for this program at the end of seventh grade. To qualify for this program, students must take a writing examination based on the New York State English Regents examination, Cognitive Ability Test (COGAT), and state assessments. In addition, teacher input and maintaining an overall average of 90% in 7th grade English will also be considered.

The program is based on the ninth grade curriculum and has a strong focus on writing and critical analysis of literature. The District expects students to maintain an overall average of 90%. When the students enter into high school, they are placed in a year long class called English 10 Enriched. This allows the students to take English electives in their tenth grade year. Also, students will be able to take more Advanced Placement courses in English during their junior and senior years. A typical high school English schedule may look like this:

Freshman year: PACE students will take English 10 Enriched. This is a year long class combining the Forms of Literature and Writers’ Workshop curriculum.

**A required meeting for students will take place in December of their freshman year to answer questions and give information regarding program and requirements for the HS PACE program. Course selection information will be sent home at that time.

Sophomore year: Students take American Literature and another elective course that must include British Literature, Literature and Politics, Classics, Shakespeare, or Creative Writing and Composition.

Junior year: Students take at least two elective courses that must include Advanced Composition, British Literature, Literature and Politics, Classics, Shakespeare, or Creative Writing and Composition.

Senior year: Students take AP English and at least one elective course that must include British Literature, Literature and Politics, Classics, Shakespeare, Advanced Composition or Mythology (college course).


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