Do any of your schools offer honors English for middle schoolers or freshmen in high school?

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Do any of your schools offer honors English for middle schoolers or freshmen in high school?
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Fri, 09-02-2011 - 11:24pm

My dd is a freshman in high school.

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Registered: 05-13-1998

In our local district middle school social studies and English are taught as a single two period class for

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Registered: 04-09-2006

My kid's high school (several years ago) had several "tracks" for English, including Advanced. There was a big difference, as my son found out when he dropped from the advanced track as a freshman (he found the writing requirement too onerous) to the regular track...after a year of endless grammar drills and books he'd read years before, he was ready to concede that maybe "easier" isn't always the better option...

Deborah

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Our

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Registered: 09-13-1999

That 9th grade experience sounds just like what dd is facing.

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Registered: 09-13-1999

A very good lesson!

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Registered: 05-27-1998

Humanities are differentiated starting in 9th grade in the school my kids just left.

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Registered: 05-13-1998
As to peers, yes and no. In middle school, even in the GATE classes, there really wasn't anyone working at her level and she was still sort of seen as an alien. DD really depended on her teachers for connection and inspiration. Thankfully, she got it then. The high school has offered her more appropriate peers which was her consolation for last year. There are still only a few with her work ethic and so she still an academic star but being with these arts kids and highly gifted ones at that has been a real positive and certainly worth one bad year in English.
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So I'm curious. How many of you have kids attending schools where humanities instruction is differentiated in middle school or at the start of high school? Does it seem to make a difference?

Ds11 is in 6th grade and there are two gifted tracks: reading and math. Reading includes science, social studies and

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Registered: 07-24-1997

Both the public HS that my 16yo DD attends and the Catholic HS that my college student attended had honors programs.

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There is this misguided notion that all students are above average and honors material (think Garrison Keillor) simply because they took an entrance test to gain admission to the school and scored well.

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