Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 7-8 - page 4

JuniorHigh…
It’s Fun and it Counts!
Junior High may seem a little scary to some students …
Jr High …
Instead of …
Which means …
Buildings are bigger and you’ll havemore classes than inelementary. Make amentalmap andbe organized.
You’ll have a locker…nomore totes or cubbies!
Memorize your combination; keep organized.
Many new classmates…youmay not know anyone in some classes.
You’ll make new friends.
More freedom; highly structured classes are for kids!
Bemore responsible andmake good choices.
Know the rules and expectations; therewill be differences.
Ask questions andbe confident.
Some students think that their junior high school experience doesn’t count.
Not true! The classes you take in 7
th
and8
th
grade are carefully designed to prepare you for high
school. By doing your
best
in junior high, you’ll increase the opportunities you have in high school.
TheUtahState Board of Education has outlined the credits that students in grades 7 and8must
earn to be properly prepared for grades 9-12.
Junior high students are expected to earn the following 12 credits in grades 7-8:
LanguageArts (2.0 units ofcredit =2 years of study)
Mathematics (2.0 units ofcredit)
Science (1.5units of credit = 1½ years of study)
Social Studies (1.5units of credit)
Arts – Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre (1.0 unit ofcredit)
Physical Education (1.0 unit ofcredit)
HealthEducation (0.5 unit ofcredit =½ year of study)
Career andTechnical Education (CTE) Introduction (1.0 unit of credit)
Other juniorhigh choices (1.5 unit of credit):
o
Educational Technology
o
World Languages
o
Reading
o
Electives
Honors Courses
Studentsmay choose to take honors courses based on their interests, strengths, and potential. Honors classes
offer increaseddepth andcomplexity in core subject areas. Students develop independence, and critical and
creative thinking skills. Problem-based learning andconcept-based instruction are key strategies. Honors
coursework prepares students for future advanced course options – e.g., concurrent enrollment, advanced
placement, and international baccalaureate.
Gifted Courses
To explore educational programs available to gifted and talented learners, talkwith a school counselor or
school ordistrict administrators. In addition, visit th
e
page on theUtahStateOffice of
Educationwebsite.
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