Is a Rockwood Challenge Course Right For Me?

​​​​​​​​​Middle school is the perfect time to start exploring your interests and see how far you can push yourself academically.  Taking academic risks i​n middle school allows you to learn new things and gain new experiences that will help you later in life. Think about the questions below to help you decide whether choosing a challenge course is the best option for you. 

​Am I ready for the challenge?​​​​​​
  • Challenge students spend a great deal of time learning about the content, so it is important to have a strong interest in the subject area.
  • Challenge students are expected to be self-starters and hard workers.
  • Challenge students show strong, consistent effort in their school work.​
​Do I have the time to commit to challenge academics?
  • Challenge courses are demanding of time. Complex reading and writing assignments are often assigned to students. In-depth research and projects are a regular part of the course.
  • Students who are involved in many extracurricular activities or have many responsibilities outside of school should consider the demands on their time when choosing a challenge course.
​What type of learner am I?
  • Challenge courses move at a fast pace, and students are expected to pick-up new material at a fairly fast rate.
  • Students who need more time to process new learning may want to consider whether enrollment in  a challenge course is right for them.​
​Would my current teacher recommend that I take challenge courses?
  • Your teacher knows you and how you learn. He/she can help you decide whether, as a learner, you display the skills that typically lead to success in a challenge class: work ethic, work completion, desire to learn new things, and responsibility.
​What are my grades like in the subjects I am considering challenge courses?
  • If your grades have been consistently good in the subject area, a challenge course might be a good option for you.
  • Students with lower grade averages in a content area may want to consider whether enrollment in a challenge course is right for them.
​Am I choosing challenge for the right reasons?​
  • Challenge courses let you start learning advanced study skills, thinking skills, and content.
  • Grades are only one way to look at your achievement. The number of challenging courses you take also tells a story about your achievement and learning.
  • Students who take a challenge course show a willingness to take on academic challenges regardless of the potential impact on their grade.
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