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Advanced Academic/GT Application Process

Cockeysville Middle School strives to provide an education for our students that is rigorous and challenging at a level that is appropriate for each child.

Advanced Academics/GT education serves students who, when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment demonstrate high levels of potential or performance. Such students require learning experiences that differ qualitatively from the standard curriculum.

Cockeysville's Advanced Academics Review and Referral Team facilitates the collection of various data such as learning characteristics, class performance, work samples, test scores, grades, and other information in order to build a profile of a student's academic progress. Based on the Student Profile, our team makes instructional recommendations.

Application to move to an Advanced Academic class can be made by a parent or teacher several times during the school year. If you are interested in submitting a request for a review of your child's Student Profile, please submit the forms listed at the bottom of this page to the committee chairperson (Ellen Mangels emangels@bcps.org) according to the dates shown below.


BCPS Guidelines for Advanced Academics Language Arts

Advanced Academics Language Arts is designed to provide inquisitive and communicative students a learning experience which integrates challenging subject matter and dynamic instruction. Participation in Advanced Academics Language Arts consistently requires students to demonstrate:
  • Enthusiasm for reading and writing
  • Interest in exploring topics beyond age level
  • The ability to interpret text beyond grade-level expectations and make unique connections
  • The ability to read with careful judgment
  • The ability to use reasoning in speaking and/or writing to come up with ideas and present arguments in order to convince others of opinions
  • The ability to see issues in literature from multiple points of view and analyze character motivation


BCPS Guidelines for Advanced Academics Social Studies

Advanced Academics Social Studies is designed to provide inquisitive and communicative students a learning experience which integrates challenging subject matter and dynamic instruction. Participation in Advanced Academics Social Studies consistently requires students to demonstrate:

*   Interest in studying history, geography, economics, sociology, and politics.
*   The ability to read complex texts independently.
*   The ability to communicate complex information verbally and in writing.
*   Creativity and perseverance with challenging tasks.
*   Interest in collaborating with peers.


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BCPS Guidelines for Advanced Academics Math

Advanced Academics Math is designed to provide inquisitive and communicative students a learning experience which integrates challenging subject matter and dynamic instruction. Participation in Gifted and Talented Math consistently requires students to demonstrate exceptional abilities in the following areas:  
  • Persistence: shows enthusiasm about mathematical challenges; continues working until a solution is determined
  • Inquisitive: asks a variety of questions about mathematical concepts as they relate to the real world
  • Communicative/Expressive (verbally or nonverbally); able to clearly explain or demonstrate their mathematical thinking to others
  • Insightful/ Creative; discovers unique methods for solving mathematical problems
  • Resourceful; considers available mathematical tools and decides which tool will be most useful in solving a problem
  • Problem Solving; Fluent with math computations; applies ideas from one mathematical problem to another; develops multiple strategies to solve mathematical problems
  • Consistently able to learn mathematics concepts taught without the need for additional support and completes homework independently.

For students interested in Advanced Academics Mathematics, please see the pathways for mathematics through high school.
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In GT 6 Mathematics, students must have strong mastery of the following concepts. This information may be used as one data point when making middle school mathematics placement recommendations.

    Adding and subtracting fractions
    Adding and subtracting decimals
    Multiplying and dividing fractions
    Multiplying and dividing decimals


BCPS Guidelines for Advanced Academics Science 6

Advanced Academics Science is designed to provide inquisitive and communicative students a learning experience which integrates challenging subject matter and dynamic instruction. Participation in Gifted and Talented Science 6 consistently requires students to demonstrate exceptional abilities in the following areas:
  • Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing Decimals
  • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions


  • These mathematical skills will be taught and applied:
    • Use proportional reasoning and ratio concepts to solve problems
    • Describe, represent, and interpret data including central tendency and variability
    • Algebraic reasoning: mathematical expressions and variables to represent and solve problems, relationships between independent and dependent variables, etc.

    Recommendations for Successful Participation in Gifted and Talented (GT)/Advanced Academics (AA) Courses in Grade 6

    http://www.bcps.org/offices/gt/misc/Recommendations.html


    There are three possible outcomes to the committee's review of the application.


    1. A student is placed in an Advanced Academic section for the class applied for.

    2. A student is given a Diagnostic Placement for the class applied for. This means the student will be placed in an Advanced Academic class temporarily. After several weeks in the class, the committee will gather input from the teacher to determine if the student should remain in the class. At that time, the student would either be permanently scheduled into the Advanced Academic section or return to their Standard class. 

    3. A student will be given a designation of Monitor Progress. This means the student will remain in the Standard class. The student can submit another application to the committee at a future date. The teacher will continue to monitor the student's progress and will contact the committee to submit an application themselves if they see that the student's work merits such an application.


    BCPS Information

    The BCPS Advanced Academic Education brochure

    What is Advanced Academics video

    Secondary Advanced Academics (GT and AP) video

    Visit the BCPS Office of Advanced Academics web page.

    BCPS Office of Advanced Academics Resources for Parents


    APPLICATION PROCESS STEPS


    Please proceed in the order as listed below.

    Step 1. Parent - Teacher conference required with the content teacher(s) that will be referenced in the application. This conference should occur before any application is submitted. Contact may be made through email, phone, or in person.

    Step 2. Parent or Teacher may submit application to the Advanced Academics Review and Referral Team. See the links at the bottom of this page.

    Step 3. Parent will be notified upon receipt of the application by the Advanced Academics Review and Referral Team .

    Step 4. The student's teacher will be contacted by the Advanced Academics Review and Referral Team in order to begin the collection of information for the student's portfolio.

    Step 5. The Advanced Academics Review and Referral Team will meet to review the student's portfolio.

    Step 6. Parents will be notified of the committee's decision within 48 hours of the Advanced Academics Review and Referral Team meeting date. (Please see dates listed below)

    Parent Application
    Due to Ms. Mangels by:
    emangels@bcps.org

    Teacher Application Due
    to Ms. Mangels by:

    Teacher Reports and
    Completed Student Portfolio
    Due to Ms. Mangels by:

    Advanced Academics Review and Referral Team  
    Meeting Dates

    September 29, 2016

    October 6, 2016

    October 13, 2016

    October 17, 2016

    November 7, 2016

    November 15, 2016

    November 22, 2016

    November 28, 2016

    December 1, 2016

    December 8, 2016

    December 15, 2016

    December 19, 2016

    March 2, 2017 March 9, 2017
    March 16, 2017
    March 20, 2017
    April 27, 2017
    May 4, 2017
    May 11, 2017

    May 15, 2017

    All parent forms must be fully completed and turned in to the committee to complete the application. Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed by the committee.

    Applications to move to an Advanced Academic class for the next school year will be reviewed at the May 15, 2017 meeting.


    Appeals related to middle school or high school recommendations must be received in the Office of Advanced Academics no later than May 15 to be processed for August placement.

    Request for Appeal Form

    BCPS Appeal Process Explained
    http://www.bcps.org/offices/gt/misc/AdvancedAcademicAppeals.html 

     


    Exiting
    an Advanced Academic / GT course

    Request to Exit Form

    BCPS Exit Process Explained
    http://www.bcps.org/offices/gt/misc/StepsExitingAdvancedAcademics.html