Junior High Programs and courses are for Grades 6-8. Math, English, and Writing classes are available. Spotlight’s Math Classes take place once per week. For English classes, we have our own curriculum which covers vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension for junior high school students. Writing Classes are taught in small-group format and are designed to help students work on their essay writing skills.



Pre-Algebra I
Pre-Algebra I prepares students for higher-level mathematics by refining the tools they learned during elementary school. The course begins by making sure students have fully mastered basic mathematical operations, then applies this knowledge to the introduction to algebra, geometry, and statistics. Pre-Algebra I teaches the fundamental mathematics behind the 6th grade CAT-6 test. Spotlight also offers specific CAT-6 test preparation in the two months prior to the test date.

* Students from Arcadia who are planning to go into 6th grade math next year and who wish to pass the placement test offered by the math program should take Pre-Algebra I at Spotlight during the summer and proceed to Pre-Algebra II during the school year.

Pre-Algebra II
Pre-Algebra II furthers the knowledge gained in Pre-Algebra I by tackling more complicated problems in the same areas of study. During the school year, students will master arithmetic operations, the use of equations, and certain topics in geometry and statistics. Pre-Algebra II teaches the fundamental mathematics behind the 7th grade CAT-6 test. Spotlight also offers specific CAT-6 test preparation in the two months prior to the test date.

Algebra I / Algebra 1-2
Algebra I / Algebra 1-2 focuses on teaching students to use symbolic reasoning and calculations with symbols (as opposed to numbers). Students begin the course in the summer by learning the symbolic language of mathematics and science, then use this problem-solving technique throughout the school year. Algebra I teaches the fundamental mathematics behind the 8th grade CAT-6 test. Spotlight also offers specific CAT-6 test preparation in the two months prior to the test date.



English Level A
Students are to expand their vocabulary through word recognition, be introduced to figurative language, and learn to recognize the origin pattern of words. Reading comprehension at this level focuses on compare and contrast patterns, clarifying main ideas and understanding texts of outlines, logical notes, summaries and reports. Students also study plot development, character development, mood and tone, and common literary devices (e.g. symbolism, imagery, metaphor). Students are to continue to develop their skills as writers, especially in response to novels read as a class. From late-January to mid-April, students will have a 12-week prep course for the CAT-6 Test.

English Level B
Students are to expand their vocabulary by identifying idioms, analogies, metaphors, and similes in prose and poetry as well as covering Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon roots and affixes. Reading comprehension focuses on informational material that connects the essential ideas, argument, and perspectives of the text. Students read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature that will enhance their studies in social science. Students continue to develop into sophisticated writers, especially in response to novels read as a class. From late-January to mid-April, students will have a 12-week prep course for the CAT-6 Test.

English Level C
Students are to use their knowledge of word origins and word relationships to determine the meaning of specialized vocabulary and understand the precise meaning of words. Reading comprehension at this level focuses on narrative and expository text (e.g. contemporary literature, magazines, and online information) to evaluate the unity, coherence, logic, consistency, and structural patterns. Students read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature that will enhance their studies in social science. Students are enabled to write clear, coherent, and focused essays, especially on works relating to novels read as a class. From late-January to mid-April, students will have a 12-week prep course for the CAT-6 Test.



Writing Levels A, B, and C
Spotlight’s Junior High Writing Workshop is designed to train students to become proficient and sophisticated writers. The course focuses on various styles of writing that range from expository and narrative essays to business letters and persuasive compositions. The course covers the syntax, grammar, unity, support and coherence of writing. Students at this level will be equipped with the skills and confidence necessary to become creative and fundamentally sound writers.


 

 










 

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