Focus on Differentiation
Differentiation of instruction means that teachers vary the delivery of curriculum to address the specific needs of learners. State standards and benchmarks tell us what students need to know. Through pre-assessment, the classroom teacher looks at each student’s readiness, interest and learner profile to determine each learner’s needs.
High Performance Math, Grades 7-8
HP Math paves the way for students to participate in AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and/or AP Statistics in grade 12.
High Performance Math 7 (gr. 7)
High Performance (HP) Math begins with a full year math acceleration based on student data. Students whose MAP data indicates they need acceleration will enter HP Math 7 (eighth grade math curriculum) in 7th grade at their middle school. Students who have successfully completed Course 2 in sixth grade will also enter HP Math 7.
High Performance Algebra 1 (gr. 8)
Students who have been successful in HP Math 7 can continue their fast-paced math instruction by moving into HP Algebra 1 in eighth grade. This course is organized around families of functions, with a special emphasis on linear and quadratic functions. In addition to the algebra content, lessons on probability, data analysis, and geometry are included.
Placement in HP Math courses
Placement in HP classes is based on data, interest, support and commitment. Each student applicant and his/her parent/guardian must complete an application indicating content areas of interest. The MAP/NWEA RIT, survey scores, and student and parent commitment checklists on the application must be complete when students apply.
If your student enrolls in an HP Math course but it’s not a good fit, talk to the HP Placement Manager at your child’s school.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme: North View Middle School
North View Middle School offers the Middle Years Programme to students in grades 6-8. As an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme school, North View’s required curriculum and elective curriculum differs from the offerings in other ISD 279 middle schools. International themes are incorporated into each of the eight subject areas in the program. The goal for each student is to develop a personal values system to guide their lives as thoughtful members of the local community as well as the global community.
High Performance classes
High Performance (HP) classes include content standards as well as additional content that bring the courses into Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) alignment. The courses are presented at an accelerated pace and challenge students with more advanced applications and extensions.
HP courses include: HP Algebra 2; HP Biology; HP Chemistry; HP English 10; HP Geometry; HP U.S. History; HP Physics; and HP Pre-Calculus.
All HP courses may not be available at all sites. Please check your school’s registration handbook for availability and for specific course descriptions and prerequisites.
Advanced Placement courses
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are provided primarily in the high school setting and are developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers.
AP teachers participate in rigorous course-specific training and receive authorization from the College Board. Course-specific AP Examinations are administered each year in May and results may be sent to colleges and universities, as indicated by student choice. Qualifying scores on the AP exams may be eligible for college credit. Authorized AP courses carry a weighted grade and are identified on the student transcript.
These challenging courses are designed for students who are prepared to read widely, to analyze and interpret at a complex level of difficulty, and to write with enthusiasm and accuracy. Self-discipline is necessary to succeed. Curriculum modifications include accelerated pacing, in-depth study of topics, interdisciplinary units, critical and creative thinking skills, and quality products. More information about these courses can be obtained through the counseling department at each high school.
AP courses include: AP Biology; AP Language and Composition; AP Literature and Composition; AP Calculus; AP Statistics; AP Chemistry; AP Art History (Prehistoric – 1500s) and (1600s – Present); AP Computer Science A; AP French Language; AP Macroeconomics; AP Microeconomics; AP Physics; AP Psychology; AP Spanish Language; AP Spanish Literature; AP Studio Art: Drawing; AP Studio Art: 2-D Design; AP US Government and Politics; AP U.S. History; AP Human Geography.
All AP courses may not be available at all sites. Please check your school’s registration handbook for availability and for specific course descriptions and prerequisites.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (gr. 9-10) and Diploma Programme (gr. 11-12)
Park Center’s Middle Years Programme helps students come to a deeper understanding of relevance and meaning in their own education.
The Diploma Programme is a rigorous series of 22 courses that prepares students for success in the most selective colleges and universities across the US and around the world. The Diploma Programme is found in thousands of schools around the world; Park Center is one of only 19 schools in Minnesota authorized to offer the Diploma Programme.
Autonomous Learner Program (ALP)
Autonomous Learner Program (ALP) courses are designed to meet the diverse cognitive, emotional, and social needs of academically talented and gifted students. The ALP model has five dimensions:
- Orientation which provides students, parents, and staff with the opportunity to develop a foundation of information concerning the program; emphasis is placed on understanding the concepts of giftedness, creativity, and the development of potential.
- Individual Development which provides students with the opportunity to develops the cognitive, emotional, and social skills, concepts and attitudes necessary for lifelong, independent learning
- Enrichment activities that provide students with the opportunity to explore appropriate content in their major areas of emphasis, related areas of interest, and new and unique areas.
- Seminars in which students research a topic, represent it to other students, and evaluate it by criteria selected and developed by students.
- In-depth study that allows students to pursue their own areas of interest through long-term small group or individual investigations.
ALP courses include: ALP Biology; ALP Integrated English 10 and U.S. History; ALP Integrated English 11, Geography and World History; and ALP Integrated English 12, Economics, Government and Citizenship.
ALP grades are weighted on the student transcript. All ALP courses may not be available at all sites. Please check your school’s registration handbook for availability and for specific course descriptions and prerequisites.
Mentor Connection Program
This course provides opportunities for academically talented juniors and seniors to study a specific topic with a mentor in the community. The course is 18 weeks long and meets off-campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation to the mentor's place of work. Mentor Connection is offered both semesters or on a trimester basis. Credit is earned.