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Curriculum

All students take core classes: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Each student also has scheduled class periods where a variety of electives are available to explore art, digital media, drama, instrumental music (band and orchestra), mentorship, musical theater, physical education, pre-engineering, robotics, Spanish, vocal music, and yearbook.

Major Curriculum Units by Grade LevelBridge to Curriculum

Math Placement

An invitation to test for accelerated math is based on a body of evidence that includes 4th and 5th grade CMAS scores (proficient or higher), Winter and Spring MAP scores (80th percentile or higher), and teacher recommendation, which must also have data to support accelerated math.

The placement test includes 5th and 6th grade concepts. If students demonstrate high mastery of 5th grade concepts, they may take Math 6/7. If students demonstrate high mastery of 5th and 6th grade concepts, they may take Math 7/8.

Students who have an “A” in 6th grade math and score in the 80th percentile on MAP may have the opportunity to advance to Math 7/8 in 7th grade.

Students do not need to have an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) to take accelerated math. In addition, an ALP does not guarantee accelerated math placement.

Advanced math classes are rigorous and require students not only to have excellent work habits, but also demonstrate fluency of elementary math standards, strong conceptual understandings, and ability to quantitatively reason.

Grade level math with no acceleration will have students on track to take Pre-Calculus or Calculus their senior year in high school.

WJMS Math Pathways
(download the West Jefferson Middle School Math Pathways in PDF format)

STEAM and PBL

In the 2017-18 school year, we are continuing to implement STEAM through problem-based learning . This year, our focus is on increasing student inquiry and building student skills in the Jeffco Generations competencies.

Why are we implementing these methods at our school?

  • Rigor and content levels will increase through application of content standards.

  • Focus on the application of students' learning to local and global issues.

  • Their ability to work successfully in this collaborative problem-solving environment develops skills to be competitive in the 21st century workforce. 

This is not a change in curriculum as the content covered in classes will remain aligned with district and state standards; the approach to content will change. Students will continue to have four core classes and two elective classes. All core subject teachers will plan for problem-based learning in their classrooms at least once each trimester.

Textbooks

Since curriculum evolves every year and textbooks are extremely expensive and cannot be changed every year, we do not have textbooks in most classes. Some textbooks are used as occasional resource material but cannot be used as an everyday resource. Our teachers use a combination of online resources, books and materials that support a current unit, and our district online curriculum. To see the Year At a Glance curriculum for your student, please go to one of the grade-level links further up this page.

We do have math textbooks. If you are interested in purchasing a math textbook, ask your student's math teacher or our school's financial secretary to get the correct edition information and then purchase it on your own.

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