All Monroe City Schools’ junior high schools use an 8 period school day. Core classes (English, math, science and social studies) may be regular, honors/Pre-AP, gifted, inclusion, or self-contained. Honors/Pre-AP and gifted classes tend to be accelerated and provide students with strong academic preparation for high school courses as well as a college-bound pathway. Inclusion and self-contained classes provide students who struggle academically with additional support to succeed.
Students in 7th grade take: 7th grade English Language Arts – 2 class period block 7th grade Math – 2 class period block 7th grade Science 7th grade Social Studies 7th grade Physical Education And an Elective
Students in 8th grade take: 8th grade English Language Arts – 2 class period block 8th grade Math or Algebra I – 2 class period block 8th grade Science or Physical Science 8th grade Social Studies (Louisiana History) 8th grade Health and Physical Education And an Elective
Course Descriptions – Required Courses
English Language Arts
English Language Arts courses focus on the development of reading and writing skills for all students. The courses are taught in a two class period block to allow sufficient instructional time to fully engage in selected texts and projects. Specific units for 7th grade include The Giver, How to Write a Memoir, Behind the Scenes, and Written in Bone. Specific units for 8th grade include The Call of the Wild, Flowers for Algernon, The Tell-Tale Heart and Conservation as a National Duty.
Math 7 is designed to help students develop skills with expressions and equations, ratios and proportions, and number systems. The course is paired with a Math Lab class period which is a high school elective credit.
Math 8 is designed to help students continue developing skills with expressions and equations, use geometry to solve problems, and identify and use functions. The course is paired with a Math Lab class period which is a high school elective credit.
Algebra I is a Carnegie credit course for those students who desire to start their high school math coursework early. Topics include solving and graphing linear, quadratic, and exponential equations, solving systems of equations, and factoring polynomials. The required End of Course (EOC) test counts as 15% of the grade in the course.
Science 7 – Applied Life Science is designed to give students an overview of basic biology and life science concepts. Specific topics include structure and function in living systems, reproduction and heredity, populations and ecosystems, and adaptations of organisms.
Science 8 – Integrated /STEM Science includes topics in physical science, life science, and earth and space science. Topics covered will help students develop an understanding of the characteristics and interrelationships of matter and energy in the physical world; the characteristics and life cycles of organisms and understand their relationships to each other and to their environment; the properties of earth materials, the structure of Earth’s system, Earth’s history, and Earth’s place in the universe; and the natural environment. Students in this course earn an elective high school credit.
Physical Science is a Carnegie credit course for those students who desire to start their high school science coursework early. Topics in the course include safety/measurement/nature of science, forces and motion, work and energy, thermal energy and electricity, magnetism and its uses, waves and sound, electromagnetic waves and light, and phases of matter.
Social Studies 7 is designed to provide an overview of geography, civics, economics and US history. Geography topics include the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical and human systems, and environment and society. Civics topics include the structure and purpose of government, foundations of the American political system, international relationships, and the role of the citizen. Economics topics include resources, interdependence and decision making.
Social Studies 8 focuses on the geography, history, government and economy of Louisiana. Topics include the history of Louisiana from settlement to the Civil Rights Era including the Louisiana Purchase, as well as the state’s unique culture, economy and government. Attention is also paid to how Louisiana’s people and environment impact each other.
Physical Education courses are designed to help students be healthy and active. The focus of the course is on individual and team sports. Students participate in activities to improve overall endurance and flexibility and promote lifelong fitness. The course offers opportunities for participation in track, basketball, softball, badminton, and volleyball.
Health Education is a half credit high school course designed to help students develop a heightened sense of personal and social responsibility and provides them with the skills necessary to make wise choices regarding their health. The course focuses on seven priority health issues—strengthening relationships with family and friends; living with feelings and stress; protecting oneself and others; tobacco, alcohol and other drugs; violence prevention; first aid and CPR; and nutrition.
Elective Course Descriptions
Arts and Crafts Grade Level: 7th and 8th
This course is designed to provide students with basic drawing skills while emphasizing the elements of design. Students learn through a variety of methods including class and individual projects.
Band Grade Level: 7th and 8th
In this course, students will develop a solid foundation in music theory, application and history. Public performances include pep rallies and athletic events as well as concert programs.
Choir Grade Level: 7th and 8th
This course teaches vocal techniques, as well as rhythm and harmony techniques, using percussion and melodic instruments. Public performances include honors assemblies and concert programs.
Career Explorations Grade Level: 8th HS Credit Course
This course serves as an introduction to a variety of careers. Students explore college and career pathways and plan for careers of interest. Emphasis is placed on the personal traits necessary to succeed in the world of work. High school credit is earned upon successful completion of the course.
Fine Arts Survey Grade Level: 7th and 8th
This course includes discussion of music, drama, visual arts, and dance from five distinct eras from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Pictures, audio recordings and films are used to demonstrate how the concepts of art and beauty have evolved over time.
Introduction to Business Computer Applications Grade Level: 7th and 8th Grade HS Credit Course
This course is designed to provide students with basic keyboarding skills and help students become familiar with Microsoft Word and its applications. Additional software applications may also be included. High school credit is earned upon successful completion.
JAG – Jobs for America’s Graduates Grade Level: 7th and 8th (Offered at MLK only; HS Credit Course for 8th Grade only)
Jobs for America’s Graduates is a nationally recognized program in which students identify occupational interests, research and explore careers, and focus on personal development. Sample competencies in the program include developing and implementing a personal development plan, explaining the difference between a job and a career, and demonstrating an understanding of skills and abilities necessary for success in a job.
Journalism Grade Level: 7th and 8th HS Credit Course for 8th Grade only
This course introduces students to the world of print, online, and broadcast media. The class includes group projects such as development of school newsletters/newspapers and other publications.
Music Appreciation Grade Level: 7th and 8th
In this course, students gain an understanding of musical notation and basic music theory, develop individual playing skills, work cooperatively to play in an ensemble, and develop effective practice techniques.
Orchestra Grade Level: 7th and 8th
In Orchestra, students learn to play and refine skills using stringed instruments such as the violin and cello. Performance opportunities include honors assemblies as well as concert programs.
Spanish Grade Level: 7th and 8th HS Credit Course – 2 years
This course is designed to be an introduction to the basic vocabulary and grammatical structures of the Spanish language. Culture in Spanish-speaking countries is also explored. Students who successfully complete BOTH 7th and 8th grade Spanish earn a Carnegie unit for Spanish I.
Speech and Drama Grade Level: 7th and 8th HS Credit Course
This class provides the opportunity to strengthen the students reading, writing, and communications skills through a variety of different projects and activities. This course will prepare students to speak with employers, employees, and other business-related officials and generally prepare life after high school. Topics covered in this course will include interpersonal and intrapersonal communication, political rhetoric, gender communications, career communications, the art of debate, and public speaking.
Study Skills Grade Level: 7th and 8th
This course provides academic support for students. Emphasis is placed on developing good study skills, as well as remediation of basic reading and math skills.
Talented Art Grade Level: 7th and 8th
Talented Art is a course designed to help good artists become better artists. Students explore a variety of drawing media and techniques in the course. Identification for Talented Art is based on guidelines provided in BESE policy (Bulletin 1508).