This program features middle school (grades 7-8) academic and elective classes. Courses follow typical grade-level scope and sequence and the university model enrollment allows each student to build his/her own schedule.
Fundamentals coursework demands serious academic attention and study skills. It is designed for students who are at or above grade level and who may be considering high school college-preparatory courses. As in any solid academic arena, a student must commit to doing the at-home assignments, including individual or group projects, actively participating in class, and seeking help at the first point of necessity. Consideration must be given to the amount time and concentration level required on the part of the student and the parent for successful student outcomes in the Fundamentals program, which are built upon good foundations in grammar, writing, math, science, and history.
The coursework in Fundamentals is expected to prepare your student for the workload they experience as they enter the high-school classroom. Critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills are emphasized as well as study skills, note-taking, and organization. Fundamentals’ courses follow a model similar to Circle’s high school classes.
Because of the unique nature of courses at Circle, the parent’s role is vital for student success. Parents, student, and teachers form a cord of three strands in order to achieve the highest level of academic and personal training possible. Parents are expected to daily engage with their student’s coursework, assist with assignments as needed, and monitor their academic progress weekly on the eLearning Campus . Parents should model a positive attitude toward the classroom teacher, coursework, education, and commit to quickly resolve any issues that may arise.
At Circle, teachers seek to transform lives to the glory of God; they do not just communicate information to students. Teachers come into the classroom prepared to challenge students beyond the basic level of an academic discipline. Teachers work to build relationships with students that encourage and inspire each student to attain their highest personal achievement in the academic arena and beyond. Teachers design lessons that maximize learning in the unique environment that Circle provides. Using a variety of instructional methods, teachers engage students in the curricula as well as provide feedback and accountability through grading and assessment. Teachers are encouraged to partner with parents in order to provide the best education possible for each student.
In order to provide the highest level for student success, a placement test needs to be administered to ensure correct evaluation and provide time for any needed remediation. Foundational skills for Pre-Algebra (7th) and Algebra 1 (8th) are assessed at registration. (This is a placement test, not an end-of-course exam. Since this is an assessment of acquired knowledge, your student should not need to prepare for this test.)
Students who score at or above 80% on the placement test are prepared for the class and enrollment will be confirmed. Students with scores below 80% on the placement test need to complete remediation over the summer and retake the placement test by July 1, 2018, to have enrollment confirmed. Circle offers Summer Math Success for Class Placement to assist student development for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I Honors success. This is a skill-focused, 6-week, on-site class taught by Circle math teachers and is designed specifically to remediate critical skills. To remain in the class, students must demonstrate a score of at or above 80% on the required placement test by July 1, 2018.
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