At College Park Middle School, we do not have a uniform grading policy, rather we allow teachers to select a grading policy that will show a true representation of what a student knows. The only request we ask is for teachers to count homework no more than 10%. Our school follows the BCSD grading policy where an A = 100-90, B= 89-80, C= 79-70, D= 69-60, F= below 60. We do have a No Zero Policy and a Re-Do policy for all students. All students are required to complete all assignments given to them by our teachers. Students do not have to option to just not complete work. If a student believes they can improve on a low test or quiz grade, then the student always has the option to re-do that test or quiz. They will be required to spend some time in tutoring before retaking the assessment, but can work to receive the highest grade possible.
Course/program offerings (academic)
English & Language Arts (ELA)Our teachers plan for instruction using the Comprehensive Literacy Model to integrate a variety of reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences. Our teachers use direct instruction in reading strategies, grammar and conventions. Our units of study include works of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, novels, and short stories. Mrs. Stevenson, who is a previous CPM Teacher of the Year, is our leader in the English department.
The Math department offers courses in General Math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I. Our curriculum is correlated with the Berkeley County Curriculum Guide and SC State Standards. Technology is incorporated into the curriculum through the use of scientific and graphing calculators and computers. Students participate in MATHCOUNTS, a national written competition. Our students also participate in QUEST, a regional academic competition. Our Math department head is a previous CPM teacher of the year, Mrs. Antley.
Our sixth grade students learn from four major units of study including: Fungi and Plants, Animals, Our Atmosphere (including weather and solar energy), Machines (including simple machines, magnets and motors, energy and motion).
Our 7th graders also have four major units of study, with a focus on the human body. These units include:Cells and Heredity, Living and Nonliving systems (including ecosystems, soil, conservation, environmental science), Human Body (circulatory, digestive, muscular, skeletal systems), Chemistry (properties of matter, chemical reactions)
Our 8th grade students' focus of learning is on Earth and Space science. Their units include: Astronomy (the Earth, tides, seasons, the Universe), Geology (plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, continental drift),Change Over Time, Motion and Energy (physics, ramps, light).
The Social Studies department covers a wide variety of topics from the Pre-Historic era to the present. In 6th grade, students learn about World History events from the Stone Age up until the Age of Exploration in the 1500's. Seventh grade students pick up where they left off in 6th grade, covering World History events from the 1600's until the present. Our 8th grade students learn United States history with a focus on South Carolina. Their topics cover the Pre-Historic Native Americans all the way up to World War II. Our Social Studies department is led by Mrs. Sue Stevenson.