November 15th, 2017
Dear Parents of future LUHS Thunderbirds,
We look forward to welcoming your child to Lakeland Union High School in the coming years. It is important that you start planning for this transition while in middle school to ensure that course selections support the chosen career path of your son or daughter. Important factors that will guide your son or daughter in making decisions along the way include, selecting a career target as well as demonstrating the skills necessary to achieve that career target.
Since most of the course decisions will be based on a career plan and achievement data, it is important that your child completes the necessary tasks in and related to Career Cruising. It is important to monitor assessment results on the STAR or MAPs Assessment, state mandated assessments and other assessments common to the Lakeland Area Schools to ensure your child is academically ready for their courses.
Benchmarks for Math and English
Lakeland Union High School expects students to be proficient on the STAR or MAPs Assessment for success in Algebra. Students scoring below proficient, may be placed in Pre-Algebra. Further, they will also be considered for further math interventions. LUHS faculty collaborates with middle school faculty to gather additional information for placements.
Lakeland Union High School expects students to be proficient on the STAR or MAPs Assessment for success in Lit and Comp 9. Students scoring below proficient, may be placed in English 9. Further, they will also be considered for further reading interventions. Again, LUHS faculty collaborates with middle school faculty to gather additional information for placements.
Parents often ask about the acceleration of entry level courses at the high school. Although this option is not recommended for all students and should be discussed with grade level teachers in the middle school, we do encourage that some students take advantage of the accelerated options offered at Lakeland Union High School. LUHS has outlined criteria and processes for such acceleration. The criteria and processes are as follows:
English Language Arts: Teachers recommend students to be tested based on Lexile score and a commonly scored on-demand writing piece. Data used to select students for such acceleration is a Lexile greater than 1270, and an 18 out of 25 writing score for the common rubric. This assessment is done in spring of the 8th grade year. Students will be placed in Honors Lit and Comp 9 if they meet the criteria and are recommended by the Lakeland Area Consortium English Language Arts committee. Please note, this process is being reviewed by the Lakeland Area Consortium Curriculum & Transition Leadership Team and may change by March, 2018.
Mathematics: Acceleration generally begins in 6th grade with 6/7 grade material learned in 6th grade, and then in 7th grade, students would take 8/Algebra. Students on this pathway would meet the criteria established by each elementary district and be approved by LUHS. In order for an 8th grade placement in Geometry, students must successfully complete Algebra in 7th grade. Again, students on this pathway would meet the criteria established by each elementary district and be approved by LUHS. In 9th grade, students would be placed in Advanced Algebra. Caution: students who have accelerated are expected to take mathematics at LUHS at the college level.
Science: The criteria used when considering an acceleration option include strength in math (successful completion of Algebra in 8th grade with an “A” average) and the completion of three Physical Science units (The Changing Earth, Electricity and Magnetism, and Chemical Interactions) during the 8th grade year or in summer school with an average of 83% or greater on the combined unit tests. The student then enrolls in Biology (9th Grade) and Honors Chemistry and Advanced Algebra (10th grade). Stipulations include the continuance of science electives during their Junior and Senior year. It is imperative that students take Honors Chemistry with Advanced Algebra together.
ALL ASSESSMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY July 1st for consideration of acceleration.
Finally, LUHS has a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses that we encourage you to consider if your child’s career path includes four years of higher education. LUHS offers the following courses:
If you have questions about grade level expectations, career plans or transition to Lakeland Union High School, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mr. Robert Way
Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment/Pupil Services