8th Grade Gateways Integrated Program

8th Grade Gateways Integrated Program


Length:  Year

Format:  A fully integrated Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science program that meets for three (3) of the four (4) Core/Team periods.  Students also take Math and two Encore courses.

Description:  Gateways covers the skills and content of the traditional eighth (8th) grade Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies curricula, in conjunction with the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateways to Technology (GTT) curriculum, through the integration of learning around the common theme of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.  Students participate in numerous hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences and engage in both individual and group projects over the course of the year that allow students to demonstrate what they are learning.

Content in Gateways mirrors much of what is taught in the traditional eighth (8th) grade Language Arts, Physical Science, and Social Studies curricula; however, the order and emphasis of instruction varies.  Gateways is not a “leveled” course.  Instead, teachers differentiate instruction accordingly to meet individual students’ needs.  In addition to the inquiry-based, hands-on activities and projects, numerous field extensions are included throughout the year to foster real-world connections.  Students participate in a variety of national competitions and have the opportunity to interact with professionals in a number of STEM fields as a result.  Unlike other Integrated Program offerings at RMS, Gateways is a graded program.  Students are assessed in a variety of ways and receive numeric grades for assigned work, such as tests, quizzes, essays, labs, and projects.  Students likewise earn a report card grade calculated on the total points earned over the course of the marking period.