There are two academic course opportunities for qualifying middle school students: Academic Resource and advanced math placement. They are designed to challenge and accelerate student thinking. Both the AR and math courses meet one period daily. The rest of the day students learn with their regular education peers in core and elective courses. Both Hillside and Meads Mill Middle Schools are fully accredited International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme schools. IB schools provide a rigorous framework which challenges all students.
This is an enrichment opportunity for academically talented students who meet eligibility requirements (space provided). Project Lead the Way (PLTW) will also be included in Academic Resource courses. AR will thus also have a focus on both science and technology.
Students who enroll in an advanced math course in 6th grade will take Algebra I, or a higher level math course, by 8th grade. Algebra I, and subsequent math courses, do accrue high school credit.