• Teaching faculty ensure that placement recommendations are made with careful thought and deliberation after considering relevant student performance data and study habits. Students and parents are urged to respect these placement decisions since the classroom teacher is best positioned to measure student ability against the demands of the curriculum. However, an override process exists for those who wish to apply for an alternate placement for their child. Please be advised that the parent takes full responsibility for the decision to override the teacher’s recommendation. Once this form is submitted and processed, there is no automatic right to a change of schedule back to the recommended course. In addition, the district reserves the right to move a student who has overridden to a more appropriate level course if their performance (grades) fall below minimum departmental expectations.
     
    At the Madison Junior School, the Language Arts program offers an "Accelerated" program in Grades 7 and 8. The criteria for placement in an "Accelerated" level course is as follows:
     
    6th Grade to 7th Grade Accelerated: (Student Must Meet 3 of 4 Criteria)
    • Student Grades (95% Average for Marking Periods 2 & 3 Combined)
    • Teacher Recommendation (Academic Skills Rubric)
    • Teacher Recommendation (Study Skills Rubric)
    • Writing Prompt (Minimum Score 3.5/4)
    • Standardized Test Results (Referenced as Needed)
    7th Grade to 8th Grade:
     
    To Remain in Accelerated Language Arts: (Student Must Meet 5 of 7 Criteria)
    • Student Grades (B+ Average for 3 Marking Periods w/ No More Than One B-) 
       
    • Teacher Recommendation (Academic and Study Skills Rubric)
    • Placement Diagnostic (Minimum Score of B+)
    • Literary Analysis Writing (B+ Average)
    • Standardized Test Results (Referenced as Needed)
       
       
    To Move From Grade 7 Language Arts to Grade 8 Accelerated Language Arts: (Student Must Meet 5 of 7 Criteria)
    • Student Grades (A Average for 3 Marking Periods w/ No More Than One A-)
    • Other Criteria Same as Above

    At Madison High School, the Language Arts program offers an "Honors" program in Grades 9 through 11 and several Advanced Placement Courses for qualified juniors and seniors. The criteria for placement in an "Honors" level course is as follows:

    8th Grade to 9th Grade:
     
    To Remain in Honors Language Arts: (Student Must Meet 3 of 5 Criteria)
    • Student Grades (B+ Average for 2 Marking Periods w/ No More Than One B-)
    • Teacher Recommendation (Academic Skills Rubric)
    • Teacher Recommendation (Study Skills Rubric)
    • Placement Diagnostic (Minimum Score 25/30)
    • Standardized Test Results (Referenced as Needed)
       
    To Move From Grade 8 Language Arts to Grade 9 Honors Language Arts: (Student Must Meet 3 of 5 Criteria)
    • Student Grades (A Average for 2 Marking Periods w/ No More Than One A-)
    • Teacher Recommendation (Academic Skills Rubric)
    • Teacher Recommendation (Study Skills Rubric)
    • Placement Diagnostic (Minimum Score 25/30)
    • Standardized Test Results (Referenced as Needed)
    For Grades 10-12 placement in "Honors" and AP courses is determined by teacher recommendation and based on a variety of academic and study skills criteria.