Middle school is the perfect time to start exploring your interests and see how far you can push yourself academically. Taking academic risks in 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.