Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 7-8 - page 6

Junior High …
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 have more classes than in elementary. Make a mental map and be organized.
You’ll have a locker …no more totes or cubbies!
Memorize your combination; keep organized.
Many new classmates …you may not know anyone in some classes.
You’ll make new friends.
More freedom; highly structured classes are for kids!
Be more responsible and make good choices.
Know the rules and expectations; there will be differences.
Ask questions and be confident.
Some students think that their junior high school experience doesn’t count.
Not true! The classes you take in 7
th
and 8
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.
The Utah State Board of Education has outlined the credits that students in grades 7 and 8 must
earn to be properly prepared for grades 9-12.
Junior high students are expected to earn the following 12 credits in grades 7-8:
Language Arts (2.0 units of credit = 2 years of study)
Mathematics (2.0 units of credit)
Science (1.5 units of credit = 1½ years of study)
Social Studies (1.5 units of credit)
Arts – Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre (1.0 unit of credit)
Physical Education (1.0 unit of credit)
Health Education (0.5 unit of credit = ½ year of study)
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Introduction (1.0 unit of credit)
Other junior high choices (1.5 unit of credit):
o
Educational Technology
o
World Languages
o
Reading
o
Electives
Honors Courses
Students may choose to take honors courses based on their interests, strengths, and potential. Honors classes
offer increased depth and complexity in core subject areas. Students develop independence, and critical and
creative thinking skills. Problem-based learning and concept-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, talk with a school counselor or
school or district administrators. In addition, visit th
e
page on the Utah State Office of
Education website.
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