Students in K5–grade 7 will experience a curriculum rooted in project-based learning that allows for student creativity and hands-on learning using the Defined STEM curriculum.The crosscurricular, project-based activities focus on design principles, architecture, technology, and mathematics and encourage students to develop research skills, build independence, and exercise choice in their ability to show content knowledge.
NEW this summer! Students in grade 8 will be involved in programming with the Holocaust Education Resource Center using the Recognizing Individual Differences (RID) curriculum and Document-Based Questions for the humanities portion of the program. Mathematics instruction will focus on Transition to Algebra. These components will also be part of the Grade 8 Promotional Program.
Grade 8 Promotional Program
This program is intended to strengthen the academic skills of current grade 8 students transitioning to high school. Students must meet program criteria according to the district retention policy.
Credit recovery and acceleration options are available for students in grades 9–12 in core subject areas to boost GPA and ensure on-time graduation.
Online blended learning (Edgenuity): Students can complete online coursework begun during the school year with face-to-face teacher support to recover failed credits. Credit acceleration courses are available in Spanish, science, social studies, math, health, and art for students in grades 9–12. Students must meet program qualifications to participate.
GED Option #2 (GEDO #2): Selected students enrolled in the GEDO #2 program during the school year can complete remaining graduation requirements through preparation and successful completion of content exams and program portfolio requirements.
Competency-based courses: Students currently enrolled in the program during the school year are encouraged to attend summer sessions to complete courses in English and mathematics. A referral by your coordinator is required to attend the summer session.
Community service and service-learning programs: Rising freshmen and high school students can complete their community service or service-learning requirements toward graduation.
Extended School Year
Extended School Year (ESY) is part of the MPS Summer Academy offerings for children with special education needs. ESY is a portion of a student’s individualized education plan (IEP), which is a mandated service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Eligibility for ESY is determined by an IEP team. An IEP team determines eligibility for ESY services based on data-driven decisions regarding possible regression of skills following a period of non-attendance, the amount of time needed for recoupment of skills, recognition of emerging skills, and the severity of the student’s disability as well as other factors. For students not eligible for ESY services, staff and parents are encouraged to explore other options included in the MPS Summer Academy.
Community Assessment and Training Program (CATP) and On-the-Job Training (OTJ) are School-to-Work Transition Programs that prepare students with special education needs for the transition from school to the adult world of work and community living. High school students have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers while learning appropriate work behaviors. Depending on the needs of the student, some are paired with employees of businesses, and others work together with an MPS special education teacher and paraprofessional.