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Student Progression Plan

Middle School Student Progression



Full-time middle school students are enrolled in seven courses; the instructional options include traditional and virtual courses via Hillsborough Virtual School or Florida Virtual School.


Part-time enrollment is limited to students co-enrolled in the Hospital/Homebound program or registered with the district for home school. Eligible students may enroll part time at the assigned attendance area school, an approved choice school, or a virtual school.

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Course of Study

Grade 6 Grades 7 and 8
Language Arts Language Arts
Mathematics Mathematics
Science Science
Social Studies Social Studies
Reading Physical Education
Physical Education Electives (2)
Career Research and Decision Making & Elective (1)

Intensive Courses

Intensive courses are highly recommended for students based on the following Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores:

  • level 1 or 2 on FSA English Language Arts; or
  • lower range of level 1 on the FSA Mathematics.

Intensive reading and/or math courses may be scheduled in place of elective(s) and/or physical education.

Civics Requirement

Civics education is required as one of the three social studies courses for students enrolled in grades 6 through 8. The statewide, standardized End-of-Course (EOC) assessment in civics education constitutes 30% of the student’s final course grade. (F.S 1008.22)

A grade 8 student who transfers from out of country, out of state, a private school, or a home education program after the beginning of the second semester may be exempt from the civics promotion requirement if the student transcript reflects successful completion of three semester or two year-long social studies courses that include civics education. (F.S.1003.4156)

Physical Education

The equivalent of one class period per day of physical education for one semester of each year is required for students enrolled in grades 6 through 8. This requirement may be waived for a student who meets one of the following criteria.

  1. The student is enrolled, or required to enroll, in a remedial course.
  2. The student's parent or guardian requests a waiver in writing for one of the following reasons:
    • a. The student participates in physical activities outside the school day that are equal to, or in excess of, the physical education requirement.
    • b. The parent requests that the student enroll in another available course.

Students who waive the physical education are scheduled in an on-site, elective course pending seat availability or a virtual course. (F.S. 1003.455)

Non-traditional Course of Study

The course of study for middle school students may be modified to provide appropriate academic intervention for over-age students previously retained in kindergarten through grades 8. This option includes the opportunity to earn high school credit prior to grade 9 placement.

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Academic Acceleration

Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) Options

ACCEL options provide academically challenging curriculum or accelerated instruction for eligible students and may include enriched STEM coursework, enrichment programs, flexible grouping, advanced academic courses, combined classes, self-paced instruction, curriculum compacting, and advanced-content instruction.

The following ACCEL options are available for all eligible middle school students:

  • whole-grade and midyear promotion;
  • subject-matter acceleration;
  • virtual instruction in higher-grade level subjects; and
  • the Credit Acceleration Program (CAP).

The following factors are considered when determining eligibility for ACCEL options:

  • performance on district, state, or other standardized assessment(s);
  • coursework completed and grade point average;
  • attendance and conduct record; and
  • recommendations from a core-curricula teacher and school counselor.

The principal, or designee, will notify the parent when a student is being considered for participation in an ACCEL option. Parents may also request consideration for an ACCEL option by contacting the school counselor or administrator. (F.S.1002.3105)

Accelerated Mathematics Program

The accelerated mathematics program provides an opportunity for middle school students to earn Algebra I Honors and Geometry Honors credit, prior to enrolling in high school.

  1. There are two grade 6 options for accelerating mathematics coursework.
    • a. Option one is an on-site, compacted mathematics curriculum for grade.
      • This option is available at sites, pending enrollment of qualifying students.
      • Students scoring level 4 or 5 on the mathematics Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for the prior two years, or the equivalent, and who demonstrate mastery on the district mathematics compacted curriculum placement exam are eligible for this option.
      • Qualifying grade 6 students are enrolled in an on-site grade 7, advanced math course that is compacted to include standards from grades 6 through 8.
      • If a student demonstrates a need for additional time to complete the curriculum, he or she may be transferred to the grade 6, advanced mathematics course. Upon successful completion of the grade 6 and 7 advanced mathematics courses, the student will be placed in the Algebra 1 Honors course in grade 8.
    • b. Option two provides a second mathematics course through virtual school.
      • This option is available at all sites and does not require the district mathematics compacted curriculum placement exam.
      • Students are enrolled in an on-site grade 6, advanced math course (grade 6 standards) and a virtual school grade 7, advanced math course (grade 7 and half of grade 8 standards).
      • Students complete the full version of both courses. This option offers a more in-depth coverage of the grade level standards.
  2. Upon successful completion of the grade 6 and 7 advanced math courses, or the equivalent compacted course, students are placed in Algebra 1 Honors. This course is available on site at all middle schools, pending seat availability, and through virtual school.
  3. Upon successful completion of Algebra 1 Honors, students are placed in Geometry Honors. This course is available on site at middle schools, pending enrollment of qualifying students, and may be accessible at a nearby high school. This course is also available district-wide through virtual school.

Students will be administered the mathematics FSA corresponding to the higher grade level course. This means that grade 6 students enrolled or co-enrolled in a grade 7 course take the grade 7 Mathematics FSA. Middle grades students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry take the corresponding EOC exam.

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State Assessments

The standards and course descriptions specify the expectations for student learning in Florida and provide the basis for the content that will be measured on each Florida EOC assessment. EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Florida Standards (FS) or the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for specific courses, as outlined in the course descriptions.

  1. Students in grades 6-8 are administered the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, FS-aligned Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), except in cases where students are enrolled in a course requiring an EOC.
    • Algebra 1 and Geometry, FS-aligned EOC assessments
  2. Students enrolled in Civics are administered the NGSSS-aligned EOC assessments.
  3. Students in grade 8 are administered the NGSSS-aligned Florida Statewide Science Assessment (SSA), except in cases where students are enrolled in courses requiring an EOC.

Students must participate in statewide, standardized assessments. The use of the state assessment scores for grading purposes is determined by state and district guidelines. Students who do not pass the statewide assessments will be recommended for remedial instruction to achieve the required passing score.

Refer to the Exceptional Student Education section of this document for specific information addressing assessment waivers.

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Course Grades

Grading Scale

The following chart reflects the public school grading system and interpretation of letter grades used to measure student success in grade 6 through 12, as defined by state statute. (F.S. 1003.437)

Letter Scale Quality Points Description
A 90%-100% 4 Outstanding Progress
B 80%-89% 3 Above Average Progress
C 70%-79% 2 Average Progress
D 60%-69% 1 Lowest Acceptable Progress
F 0%-59% 0 Failure

Course Grade Criteria

  1. Middle school courses require a district semester exam or a state EOC exam, with the exception of Career Research and Decision Making and specialized electives. Weighting of semester exams is specific to the course and ranges from 15% to 30%.
  2. EOC exams are state mandated for students enrolled in Civics, Algebra 1, Algebra 1 Honors, Geometry Honors, and Biology. In accordance with the state statute, the EOC exam grade equals 30% of the semester grade.
  3. The semester grade is calculated by converting the two quarter grades and the exam grade to quality points, which are weighted and averaged.
  4. In order to pass a middle school semester course that requires an exam, students must meet the following criteria:
    • the weighted average of the two quarter grades and the district scaled semester exam must be greater than or equal to a 0.5 on a four-point scale; and
    • at least one of the quarter grades must be a D or higher (refer to the grade calculation chart).
  5. In order to pass a middle school semester course that does not require an exam, students must earn a minimum of two quality points.

Middle School Students Enrolled in High School Credit Courses

  1. Grades earned for high school credit courses are included in the student’s high school grade point average (GPA) and appear on the high school transcript.
  2. Students may increase their high school cumulative, weighted district GPA through honors level coursework. A bonus .04 is added to the student’s cumulative, weighted district GPA for each half credit completed in an honors level course.
  3. The grade enhancement policy for high school credit courses taken prior to grade 9, allows students to replace a grade of C or below with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. The replaced grade is excluded in the cumulative, unweighted state GPA required for graduation, but is included in the cumulative, weighted district GPA used to determine rank in class.
  4. Middle school students do not meet the eligibility and/or prerequisites for high school Advanced Placement (AP) and dual enrollment course work.

Grade Reporting

  1. The online grade reporting system, Edsby, provides parents or guardians and students with access to monitor academic progress. Parents or guardians may initiate communication or request a conference with a teacher through Edsby, email, or phone.
  2. By the end of the fifth week of each grading period, Interim Progress Reports or Scholarship Warnings are issued to students in jeopardy of failing a course. Interim Progress Reports or Scholarship Warnings should be returned with a parent or guardian signature.
  3. Quarterly progress reports (report cards) with course grades are posted through the online grade-reporting system. Each grading period is approximately nine-weeks in length.
  4. Fourth quarter progress reports include the student’s promotion or retention status.

Honor Roll Criteria

  1. Students who earn A’s for all academic and conduct grades are recognized on the Principal’s Honor Roll.
  2. Students who earn at least three A’s with no grade lower than a B for academic and conduct grades are recognized on the High Honor Roll.
  3. Students who earn B’s or higher for all academic and conduct grades are recognized on the Honor Roll.

Semester Grade Calculation Chart

Semester Grade Calculation Chart
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Promotion and Grade Level Placement

Student Placement

Placement that facilitates optimum learning for each student is determined by established principles of growth and development by the academic and career interests of the student and by acquisition of subject area skills and competencies. Promotion and/or retention is determined on the date that final grades are submitted by teachers at the end of the regular academic year. (F.S.1008.25)

Promotion Requirements

Middle school students must pass language arts, mathematics, science and social studies to meet annual promotion requirements. In order to be promoted to high school, middle school students must meet the following cumulative requirements:  successful completion of three middle or high school level courses in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, to include one civics education course; and  a personalized academic and career plan. (F.S. 1003.4156) Students scoring a level 3 or higher on the Algebra 1 EOC exam meet the promotion requirement for the corresponding mathematics course.

Extended Learning Program

The Extended Learning Program (ELP) provides supplemental academic support through tutorial, grade enhancement and course recovery courses.

  1. Tutorial courses provide non-credit, academic intervention intended for middle school students who requiring assistance with advanced studies or scoring below level 3 on the English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics FSA.
  2. Grade enhancement courses provide an opportunity for students to earn one quality point (grade of P) in place of a failing quarter grade for the corresponding seventh or eighth grade course. ELP grade enhancement does not apply to high school credit courses.
  3. Course recovery courses provide an opportunity for students who were administratively placed in the current grade to make-up a failing semester grade for a required sixth or seventh grade course.

Extended School Year Program

The Extended School Year (ESY) program provides a summer course recovery option for students to meet the promotion requirements.

Special Placement Procedures

If a student does not meet promotion requirements, exceptions may be considered per special placement procedures.

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Home Education Students

A home education program is defined as sequentially, progressive instruction of a student directed by his or her parent to satisfy the Florida attendance requirements.

When a home education student co-enrolls part time, the parent or guardian determines the grade level placement.

When a student returns from a home school program as a full-time student, the parent is responsible for providing a portfolio of the student's work for each subject, the most recent home education annual evaluation, and official transcripts, if applicable. Upon review of the documents provided and prior school records, the principal determines the student’s grade level placement. The initial placement decision is subject to review and adjustment based on the student’s actual performance.

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