Honors Courses

Honors Courses 

Oak Park Preparatory Academy provides English Language Arts (ELA) and Math honors course offerings at each grade level.  

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Honors English Language Arts (ELA) 6

Description: Students will use a variety of learning strategies for gaining knowledge in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.   Students will read grade level aligned short stories, novels, and informational text articles while also learning appropriate vocabulary terms and grammar usage in accordance with Common Core State Standards.  Analytical skills and strategies are developed as a foundation for students to explore a variety of fiction and nonfiction text sets as well as multimedia and visual texts. Argumentation skills are introduced to students as they study and develop claims, counterclaims, and evidence based arguments.  Course content is aligned to Common Core, 6th grade.

Course Prerequisites: Enrollment criteria include attendance, NWEA MAP and M-Step scores.

Course Length:  Full Year

 

Honors English Language Arts (ELA) 7

Description:  Students will use a variety of learning strategies applied to gaining knowledge in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.   Students will read grade level aligned short stories, novels, and informational text articles while also learning appropriate vocabulary terms and grammar usage in accordance with Common Core State Standards.  Analytical skills and strategies are further developed while students begin developing a foundation around writing argumentative essays. Argumentation skills are further developed by students as they study and develop claims, counterclaims, and evidence based arguments. Course content is aligned to Common Core, 7th grade.

Course Prerequisites: Enrollment criteria include attendance, NWEA MAP and M-Step scores.

Course Length:  Full Year

 

Honors English Language Arts (ELA) 8

Description: As students prepare for the rigors of high school, they will use a variety of learning strategies applied to gaining knowledge in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.   Students will read grade level aligned short stories, novels, and informational text articles while also learning appropriate vocabulary terms and grammar usage in accordance with Common Core State Standards.  Analytical skills and strategies are developed as students explore a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres including historical fiction, multimedia, and visual texts.  Course content is aligned to Common Core, 8th grade.

Course Prerequisites: Enrollment criteria include attendance, NWEA MAP and M-Step scores.

Course Length:  Full Year

 

MATHEMATICS 

Honors Math 6

Description: This 6th Grade Honors math course is designed to prepare students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students are expected to identify and apply mathematics to everyday experiences, as well as other disciplines and topics within the school.  In order to become critical thinkers and problem solvers students use a problem-solving technique where they create a plan, carry out the plan, and then evaluate for reasonableness.  Honors 6th Grade math moves at an accelerated pace in order to cover the necessary 6th grade material as well as the foundational 7th grade material.  This course provides a deep understanding of mathematical concepts including fractions, decimals, probability, positive and negative integers and rational numbers, and two-dimensional geometry and measurement.  Students also investigate an introduction to algebra, including variables, symbols, tables and graphs. The primary curriculum resource is Big Ideas Modeling Real Life Grade 6 Advanced.

Course Prerequisites: Enrollment criteria include attendance, NWEA MAP and M-Step scores.

Course Length:  Full Year

 

Honors Math 7

Description: This 7th Grade Honors math course is designed to prepare students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students will be expected to identify and apply mathematics to everyday experiences, as well as other disciplines and topics within the school.  In order to become critical thinkers and problem solvers students use a problem-solving technique where students make a plan, carry out the plan, and then evaluate for reasonableness.  Honors 7th Grade math moves at an accelerated pace in order to cover the necessary 7th grade material as well as the foundational 8th grade material, so students are prepared to take Algebra 1 in 8th grade.  This course provides a deep understanding into the 7th grade topics then expands to linear algebra, three-dimensional geometry, and geometric relationships among lines and angles. The primary curriculum resource is Big Ideas Modeling Real Life Grade 7 Accelerated.

Course Prerequisites: Enrollment criteria include attendance, NWEA MAP and M-Step scores.

Course Length:  Full Year

 

Algebra I A/B

Description: Students will explore the relationship between quantities and how they can be used to solve real world problems. This will be accomplished through the study of functions and representations. Key areas of study include linear, exponential and quadratic functions as means to model real-world. Students extend their study of linear functions through systems of equations and inequalities. Use of a graphing calculator is embedded in the course. This course meets the Algebra I requirements from the State of Michigan as well as the Common Core State Standards.

Course Prerequisites: Enrollment criteria include attendance, NWEA MAP and M-Step scores.

Course Length: Full Year

 

Academic Honor Roll 

Students who achieve a 3.0 unweighted grade point average (GPA), or better, for the academic quarter are listed on the Honor Roll. Students who maintain a 3.0 unweighted GPA are encouraged to pursue membership in the National Honor Society. Inquire through your school counseling office.