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Title: The Accelerated Middle School at Basha High School (AMS)

The Accelerated Middle School at Basha High
School (AMS)
  • A CUSD School of Choice for Sixth through Eighth

AMS Vision Statement
  • AMS offers middle school students the opportunity
    to become academically accomplished, confident
    and well-rounded individuals by
  • Participating in an accelerated, rigorous
    curriculum focused on developing foundational
    knowledge and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Cultivating a culture of excellence through the
    development and implementation of personalized
    learning plans that set students on the right
    path through high school to attain entrance into
    the University of their choice.
  • Developing conscientious, respectful and
    accomplished young men and women through
    leadership experiences within and outside of the
    school community.

  • AMS Curriculum
  • The AMS curriculum is aligned to state and
    national standards and designed to provide
    students essential college readiness skills in
    mathematics, reading, writing and science. STEM
    coursework is embedded in the curriculum.

AMS Curriculum
  • Mathematics
  • Honors Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Course placement may be determined by current
    skills and proficiency levels.

AMS Curriculum
  • Science
  • 6th Grade Pre-AP Science
  • Earth space, rocks, ecology, food chains
  • Biology emphasis evolution, labs,
  • Science Fair
  • 7th Grade Pre-AP Biology
  • physics, genetics, chemistry
  • Biology emphasis cells, classification of
    animals, labs, dissections
  • Science Fair
  • 8th Grade Honors Biology
  • cells, genetics, classification, ecology,
    chemistry, labs, dissections
  • Science Fair

AMS Curriculum
English 6th Grade Pre-AP English 6
Technical and Creative Writing Emphasis   7th
Grade Pre-AP English 7 Writing Composition
and Critical Analysis Emphasis 8th Grade
Pre-AP English 8 Writing for Research
Audiences Emphasis
AMS Curriculum
  • Social Science
  • 6th Grade Pre-AP Social Studies 6
  • includes qualitative research focus utilizing
    primary source interviews.
  • 7th Grade Pre-AP Social Studies 7
  • includes independent research focus (e.g.
    National History Day)
  • 8th Grade Pre-AP Social Studies 8
  • includes research focus on human interaction
    with geography

AMS Curriculum
  • World Languages
  • Recognizing that second language proficiency is
    increasingly in demand, AMS offers two language
    options for students.
  • Mandarin Chinese I
  • Mandarin Chinese II
  • Honors Mandarin Chinese III
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Honors Spanish III

AMS Curriculum
  • Fine Arts
  • Participation in fine arts programs offers
    students the opportunity to become part of a
    group and further develop interests, skills and
    talents that will assist them later in life.
    AMS offers students the opportunity to
    participate in the following fine arts programs.
  • Orchestra
  • Band
  • Choir

AMS Curriculum
  • Additional Curriculum
  • In addition to traditional classes, AMS will
    offer the following programs to all 6-8 students
    throughout the year during advisory period.
  • PSAT/PLAN preparation
  • Studies in Literature
  • College 101-College Readiness and Guidance
  • Creativity and Innovation Workshops
  • Community Service and Leadership
  • Social and Emotional Counseling Topics

Projected Course Sequence for AMS Students
Grade Suggested Mathematics Course Sequence
6 Honors Pre Algebra
7 Honors Algebra I
8 Honors Geometry
9 Honors Algebra II
10 Hon Business Math and Brief Calculus
11 AP Calculus BC
12 Multivariate Calculus/Differential Equations
Grade Suggested Science Course Sequence
6 Pre AP Science 6
7 Biology
8 Honors Biology
9 AP Biology
10 Honors Chemistry or AP Chemistry
11 Honors Physics or AP Physics
12 AP Environmental Science or other AP Science Course
Grade Suggested English Course Sequence
6 Pre AP English 6
7 Pre AP English 7
8 Pre AP English 8
9 Honors English 9
10 Honors English 10
11 AP English 11
12 AP English 12
Grade Suggested Social Science Course Sequence
6 Pre AP Social Science 6
7 Pre AP Social Science 7
8 Pre AP Social Science 8
9 AP World History
10 AP Human Geography
11 AP United States History
12 AP US Government and Politics/AP Macroeconomics
What makes AMS different from other junior high
  • Instructional Expertise
  • Content Area Experts
  • Resources of a comprehensive high school
  • Vertical and horizontal articulation of content,
    skills and rigor
  • Facilities
  • Personalized Learning Opportunities
  • Individualized Counseling and Mentorship

AMS School Day
Class Period Time Sample Sixth Grade Schedule
1 725-821 am Math
2 826-922 a.m. Science
3 927-1023 a.m. Social Studies
4 1028-1124 a.m. English
5 1129-1225 pm. Foreign Language
Lunch 1230113 p.m.
6 118214 p.m. Speech and Debate Engineering TV Production Graphics Art
7 219315 p.m. Fine Arts M/W/F Physical Education Tu/Th
Homeroom 320345 p.m.
Optional 345-415 Club meetings/ sports

Where will my childs classes be held?
Building the AMS Community
  • AMS students will have the opportunity to
    participate in regular community building
    activities off site. These activities may
    include the following
  • Bowling
  • Laser Tag
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Cultural Events (Concerts, Festivals, Museum

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is busing provided to AMS?
  • As a school of choice, parents are expected to
    provide transportation to and from AMS. There
    will not be bus transportation at this time.
  • What is the dress code?
  • AMS student wear green or white collared shirts
    and khaki pants, shorts or skirts
  • Will AMS provide extra-curricular activities
    (e.g. sports?)
  • Due to the small nature of AMS, we will
    complete student surveys to assess student
    interest in various athletic teams. From this
    information, we will offer team athletics in
    addition to enrichment clubs and activities after
  • How do I register for AMS?
  • Application may be found at