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Accelerated Science and Math

Goff Middle School offers accelerated programs in science and math. The criteria for placement are provided below.

Accelerated Science
Students are selected to begin the accelerated science program during 6th grade according to the following criteria and process.

  • Students must have a final average in 6th grade science of a 90%+.
  • Students must have a final average in 6th grade mathematics of a 90%+.
  • Students must perform at a high level in 6th grade ELA.
  • Students must have achieved a level 3 or 4 on the 4th grade NYS science assessment.
  • Students must receive a positive teacher recommendation addressing work ethic and ability to succeed in an accelerated science course.
  • Students must write and submit, on time, a personal essay indicating their interest in pursuing the accelerated science program.
  • Students must take a placement test.

7th Grade Accelerated Math

  • Students must have a final average in Math 6 of at least 94%
  • Students must receive a positive recommendation from Math 6 teacher addressing work ethic, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to succeed in an accelerated mathematics course
  • Eligible students must write and submit a statement of interest indicating their interest in pursuing placement in the accelerated mathematics program
  • Eligible students must sit for a district placement test Placement test will contain topics for both sixth and seventh grade mathematics
  • Students must score at or above designated achievement level, which will be determined upon review of all exams

To remain in Grade 7 Accelerated Math, students must meet the following requirements:

  • The grade 7 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress at Week 5. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (average which is less than 87%) a warning form letter will be sent home to the parents reminding them of the criteria for their child to continue in this accelerated course.
  • At the end of week 10 (Q1), the grade 7 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress.  If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (average which is less than 87%) a warning form letter will be sent home to the parents, as well as a request for a parent conference. At this meeting, the teacher will remind the parents of the criteria for their child to continue in this accelerated course, review the unsatisfactory work, and recommend remediation strategies. The parents will sign off on a form letter indicating that the meeting had taken place, and agreeing to support the remediation plan.
  • The grade 7 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress at Week 15. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (average which is less than 87%) a warning form letter will be sent home to the parents reminding them of the criteria for their child to continue in this accelerated course.
  • At the end of week 20 (Q2), the grade 7 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (average which is less than 87%–average includes Q1, Q2 and A1 (if given) the student will be removed from the class and will be enrolled into a grade 7 regular math course for the remainder of the school year.
  • At the end of the year, the grade 7 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress.
    • If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (final average which is less than 87%), the student will be enrolled in the grade 8 regular math course for the following school year.
    • If the student is deemed satisfactory (final average which is greater than or equal to 87%), the student will be enrolled in the Algebra I Regents class in grade 8.

Algebra Math in 8th Grade

  • Students who have a final average of 95% in 7th grade regular math
  • Students must receive a positive recommendation from Math 7 teacher addressing work ethic, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to succeed in an accelerated mathematics course
  • Eligible students must write and submit a statement of interest indicating their interest in pursuing placement in the 8th Grade Algebra mathematics program
  • Eligible students must sit for a district placement test
    • Placement test will contain topics for both seventh and eighth grade mathematics
    • Students must score at or above designated achievement level, which will be determined upon review of all exams
    • Materials will be provided to parents with ample time to prepare their child for the placement exam. Students need to receive a score of an 85% to be accepted into the class, provided seats are available.

To remain in Grade 8 Accelerated Math, students must meet the following requirements:

  • The grade 8 Accelerated Math Teachers will review the student’s progress at Week 5. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (average which is less than 85%) a warning form letter will be sent home to the parents reminding them of the criteria for their child to continue in this accelerated course.
  • At the end of week 10 (Q1), the grade 8 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (average which is less than 85%) a warning form letter will be sent home to the parents, as well as a request for a parent conference. At this meeting, the teacher will remind the parents of the criteria for their child to continue in this accelerated course, review the unsatisfactory work, and recommend remediation strategies. The parents will sign off on a form letter indicating that the meeting had taken place, and agreeing to support the remediation plan.
  • The grade 8 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress at Week 15. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (average which is less than 85%) a warning form letter will be sent home to the parents reminding them of the criteria for their child to continue in this accelerated course.
  • At the end of week 20 (Q2), the grade 8 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress. If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (average which is less than 85%—that includes Q1, Q2 and A1) the student will be removed from the class and enrolled into a grade 8 regular math course for the remainder of the school year.
  • At the end of the year, the grade 8 Accelerated Math Teacher will review the student’s progress.
    • If the student is deemed unsatisfactory (final average which is less than 90%), the student will be enrolled in the Geometry Regents course for the following school year in grade 9.
    • If the student is deemed satisfactory (final average which is greater than or equal to 90%), the student will be considered for the Geometry Honors class in grade 9. Additional factors that will be used to determine placement include: score on Algebra I (Common Core) Regents Examination, performance on qualifying exam, and teacher recommendation. Students not enrolled in the Honors-level course will be enrolled in the Regents-level course.

This criterion will be strictly enforced to maintain the validity and efficacy of the program