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Smarter Balanced Practice Tests (SBAC)

 

  • When signing in to practice, the Testing session will remain blank.
  • Practice Test helps students become acquainted with test question format.
  • Training Test allows students to use tools associated with the test.

 

Middle School Course Placement Criteria

Please see the attached link for all grade level English, Social Science, Science, and Math placement guidelines for all district middle schools.

 

Math Course Placement Criteria

Accelerated Placement Criteria

 

 

English Language Arts Dept

Ahmer, Katie Teacher
Bushkin, Annette Teacher
Cappello, Annalee Teacher
Cummings, Laurie Teacher
Hoover, Lisa Teacher
McCusker, Shelly Teacher
Pagano, Lynn Teacher
Petersen, Angela Teacher
Vollebregt, Kirsch Teacher
Wanders, Michelle Teacher

Course Descriptions

English 6  

 

In sixth grade English/language arts, students focus on active engagement with text.  They are required to analyze, define, identify, explain and critique text building on reading skills developed in the elementary years.  In the area of reading, students focus on word analysis, fluency, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and literary response and analysis.  Writing is emphasized through writing strategies, writing applications and genres, and written and oral language conventions.  Students also work on listening and speaking strategies and applications.

 

English 7

 

The content standards for seventh grade mark an important transition from sixth grade in two ways.  First, the transition for learning to read to reading to learn is complete.  Second, the standards for seventh grade are more sophisticated, intricate, and subtle.  In the area of reading, students focus on word analysis, fluency, vocabulary development, reading comprehension (with an emphasis on informational text) and literary response and analysis.  Writing is emphasized through writing strategies, writing applications and genres, and written and oral language conventions.  Students also work on listening and speaking strategies and applications.

 

English 8

 

The content standards for eighth grade mark another transition as students prepare to master the skills necessary for high school.  The eighth grade standards represent an important culmination of curriculum and learning emphasized in grades four through eight.  In the area of reading, students focus on word analysis, fluency, vocabulary development, reading comprehension and literary response and analysis.  Writing is emphasized through writing strategies, writing applications and genres, and written and oral language conventions.  Students also work on listening strategies and speaking applications (genres and their characteristics).

 

English – Accelerated (See Placement Criteria)

Grades 6, 7, 8 – One Year

 

The Accelerated curricula integrates basic skills and extends the District curriculum in humanities while adhering to State curriculum frameworks.  These programs foster intellectual curiosity and encourage independent thinking and research.  Open ended projects, thematic activities and individualized assignments, as well as a variety of approaches are incorporated to enhance the basic frameworks.  All includes prewriting, drafting, responding, revising, editing and post writing activities.  Continual work on grammar, mechanics and spelling is included.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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