Course Sequencing

  • Mathematics

    Radnor’s mathematics curriculum has been developed to accommodate the various levels of a student’s mathematical abilities and skills. Although traditional math skills will be taught in all courses, the goal of the mathematics curriculum will be to develop thinking skills through emphasis on mathematical concepts. Use of problems requiring critical thinking will be employed to better prepare the student for a world which is becoming more technologically dependent. The expanded K-12 mathematics course progression can be found on the RTSD Website (http://www.rtsd.org/Page/20620).

    Mathematics Course Progression Charg

    • Seminar-Level courses are intended for the highly motivated math students and are designed to challenge the most mathematically capable students. The courses will involve rigorous pacing and workload with teacher expectations intended to challenge the student. The course will require more independent and self-guided learning (with an emphasis on writing explanations) than all other courses. Students should expect to work on problems that are higher level thinking, application- and synthesis-type problems.

    • Honors-Level courses are intended for the motivated math student who is very good with mathematics but needs more teacher guidance to assist in the mastery of the material.  The course will involve accelerated pacing and a demanding workload with some written explanations expected. Students will be expected to complete application problems independently and work on synthesis-leveled problems with guided instruction.

    • Grade Level courses in Math in Focus are Courses 1, 2, and 3. Problem-solving is the center of mathematics learning and concepts taught with a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression through real world, hands-on experiences.

     

    Language Arts

    Language Arts courses at the Middle School utilize the Reader’s Choice series from Glencoe as well as supplementary material from National Math and Science Initiative (formerly known as Laying the Foundation). The curriculum was recently revised to align to the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Students are assigned to their language arts class at their grade level, but instruction is delivered at a level that is commensurate with each student’s present reading and writing present levels.

    At each grade, the following levels of language arts courses provided are:

    • Accelerated

    • Grade Level

    • Intensive classes (decoding and reading comprehension-based courses)

    Science

    The sequential structure of the science programming provides the base knowledge for students to be successful in high school level science courses, as well as to be prepared for the eighth (8th) grade science PSSA and Biology Keystone Exam (taken at the completion of high school biology). Student placement in a science class for one year does not determine their placement for successive school years.  Each year students are reassessed to determine placement for the upcoming school year and are neither prevented nor guaranteed placement in the same level course from year to year. Accelerated science classes are offered in seventh (7th) and eighth (8th) grades and criteria for placement can be found at http://www.rtsd.org/Page/12397. A Parent Override to access an Accelerated class is available for one subject/discipline (excluding math) per year. Sixth (6th) grade students who show a need for accelerated programming will be clustered together and provided differentiated material during the course of the year. The sequence for science courses in the middle school is as follows: 

    • Grade: 6th
      Content: Earth Science
      Accelerated Course Offering: No

    • Grade: 7th
      Content: Life Science
      Accelerated Course Offering: Yes

    • Grade: 8th
      Content: Physical Science
      Accelerated Course Offering: Yes

    Social Studies

    The sequencing of the RMS social studies classes align with the Pennsylvania Core Standards, as well as to prepare students for potential upcoming Keystone exams in high school. Though a definitive plan to begin administering the Keystone has not been established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, preparations in RTSD are underway to be ready for this assessment.  It is the desire of the District to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and passion to participate as citizens in a democratic and global community through their social studies experience. Student placement in a social studies class for one year does not determine their placement for successive school years.

    Each year, students are reassessed to determine placement for the upcoming school year and are neither prevented, nor guaranteed placement in the same level course from year to year. Accelerated social studies classes are offered in seventh (7th) and eighth (8th) grades and criteria for placement can be found at http://www.rtsd.org/Page/12397. A Parent Override to access an Accelerated class is available for one subject/discipline (excluding math) per year. Sixth (6th) grade students who show a need for accelerated programming will be clustered together and provided differentiated material during the course of the year. The current and future sequencing of social studies courses is as follows: 

    • Grade: 6th
      Content: World Geography and Cultures
      Accelerated Course Offering: No

    • Grade: 7th
      Content: Ancient World History
      Accelerated Course Offering: Yes

    • Grade: 8th
      Content: U.S. History 1492-1877
      Accelerated Course Offering: Yes