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Middle School Curriculum Information 2024-2025

This course guide gives you information about the courses offered at each Middle School. Middle school requirements are explained on the following pages. Each course description contains learning recommendations as well as a description of the content and skills taught in the class. Learning recommendations are descriptions of what a student should know and be able to do prior to taking the class. The learning recommendations are designed to serve as a guide to help inform the course selection process.

Use the planning guide to map out your three-year middle school plan for the required 6-period day. We also encourage you to think ahead about the sequence of courses you will want to take in high school, the courses you take now can impact your options later. This way you will know what courses to choose in middle school to be prepared for the high school courses that reflect your interests, future goals and aspirations.

Opportunity to select more advanced coursework

The choices you make now are important building blocks to future learning. By taking rigorous courses in middle school, you gain knowledge and a learning environment that you might not otherwise experience.

The greatest benefit of any of these programs is the experience of taking academic courses in an enriched environment with classmates that are also seeking additional intellectual challenges. Advanced courses are courses where students learn above grade level content, students learn concepts at a faster rate, and/or courses where concepts are taught with greater complexity and depth.

Advanced Middle School Courses

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade

Math 1-2
Math 2-3
CC8/Algebra 1
Earth and Space Science
Advanced English

Math 2-3
CC8/Algebra 1
Geometry
Physical Science
Advanced English
CC8/Algebra 1
Geometry
Algebra 2
Biology
Advanced English
World Language

 

Students choosing courses should:

  • reflect student’s interest and aspirations in that course of study
  • ready and willing to develop and apply
    • advanced study habits and organizational skills.
    • effective communication and reading skills for engaging with rigorous material.
    • motivation, maturity, perseverance, and stamina for learning challenging material.
  • consider the increased time commitment to studies outside of the school day. Please consider all responsibilities, including sports, music, and club affiliations.
  • consider the possibility that grades could be lower than if students took the typical course sequence(s).
  • consider the possibility that by skipping courses in math and science your student may have some gaps in content knowledge.

High school credit for courses taken in Middle School

Grades earned in courses designated as earning High School Credit will be automatically posted to the high school transcript. Students can request to have the course transcribed only for credit toward graduation and not include the grade in the student’s high school GPA calculation. Students can also request to have these credits removed completely from their transcript and if credits are removed from the high school transcript, the grade and credit cannot be added back and will permanently be excluded from the student’s grade point average.

Course Guide Sections

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English Language Arts

The Issaquah School District believes that literacy, the ability to read, write, listen, speak, and think critically in different ways and for different purposes, begins to develop early and becomes increasingly important as students pursue specialized fields of study in high school and beyond.

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Mathematics

Mathematics education is key to ensuring students are academically prepared and confident to pursue higher education or specialized career training.

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Science

Science in the Issaquah School District incorporates the instruction and application of concepts and principals in properties, structures and changes in the three major science disciplines of physical science, earth and space science, and life science.

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum builds the following capacities in young people: disciplinary knowledge; inquiry, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills; respect for the underlying values of a diverse democratic society; interest in public affairs and competencies of self-government. Each capacity contributes uniquely to responsible citizenship.

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Physical Education/Health

Teaching our students good health and fitness principles can lead to a life of healthy practices, resulting in more productive, active, and successful lives.

Percussion

Electives

Elective courses in Performing Arts: Music and Visual Arts; Career & Technical Education (CTE) / Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM); General Topics; Leadership; World Languages.

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Multilingual Language Learners (MLL)

ISD multilingual students will access grade level instruction in an inclusive, culturally and linguistically-responsive learning environment as they develop their language proficiency.

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Special Services

Special education is specially designed instruction that addresses the unique needs of a student eligible to receive special education services.

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Online Learning

Middle students are eligible to take online learning courses in: Art, English, Math, PE, Science, Social Studies, and World Language.