Accelerated Science and Math

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

Criteria for placement in 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.

Criteria for placement in 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

Criteria for placement in 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 8thGrade 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.

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