Advanced Studies FAQs

  • Why is the district exploring the Advanced Studies* approach?

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    Similar rigorous course options are currently available for both magnet and non-magnet students.  This proposed approach organizes rigorous options under one umbrella called Advanced Studies.

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  • Will there be any changes in the types of rigorous courses offered?

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    We will continue to offer the same rigorous courses to students; however, additional courses may be added.  Please refer to the Advanced Study Course Offerings Guide for more information.

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  • How can my child access Advanced Study courses?

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    Under this proposal, students will not need to apply and will be enrolled in courses based upon merit (placement matrix), academic motivation, and completion of perquisites.  This approach is better aligned with Marietta High School where students are not required to apply for access to rigorous coursework (Dual Enrollment, Career-Related and Full-IB, and Advanced Placement).

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  • Will Enhanced Classes still be offered?

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    The current proposal includes transitioning from ‘Enhanced’ to ‘Honors’.  Honors courses will include both gifted and non-gifted academically motivated learners.  Students scoring at or above the 65th percentile (current percentile for enhanced) will be able to access these courses.  Further, students working above grade level but fall under the 65th percentile may submit a waiver to be considered for placement in an Honors course.

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  • How will World Language and Fine Arts offerings be impacted?

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    There are no proposed changes to these offerings; however, the Advanced/Honors courses offered within these programs will also fall under the umbrella of Advanced Studies.

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  • Will my student still be associated with an academic team?

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    At MSGA/MMS, students will continue take their core academic classes on one team to the greatest extent possible.  Some students may need to take off-team courses as a result of their academic/elective needs and course availability. 

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  • Will my student experience activities aligned to STEM/STEAM?

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    As International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) schools, we are expected to implement components of STEM/STEAM within our course offerings.

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  • Will my child still be considered an IB MYP student?

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    Yes, all Marietta City School students in grades 6-10 are considered IB MYP students.

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  • When will the Advanced Studies approach be implemented?

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    The district is exploring full implementation for the 2022-2023 school year in grades 6-8, however, stakeholder feedback will inform this decision.

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  • *Advanced Study options include honors, accelerated, and/or Carnegie (high school) courses.