Required Courses: Middle and High Schools require each student to taker a Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies class each year. At the Middle School level, every student must also take a Physical Education class each year. PE is offered as an ENCORE class. Schools may also require classes to meet the particular theme of the school, or to meet the recognized education goals of the school.
Math, at the Middle School level, prepares students for high school and beyond. Students who are planning to enroll directly into a four-year college or university after High School must complete in Middle or High school: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a math course higher than Alegebra II. For students intending to go directly into the workforce or attend a community college, they must complete: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and any additional math course.
Starting with 8th grade students in 2007/08, math courses with high school course numbers will be credited toward meeting high school graduation requirements. Algebra I, Integrated I, Geometry, and Integrated II completed in middle school will now count as part of the four (4) math courses required for graduation. These courses taken in middle school will not, however, be used in the computation of the high school grade point average.
The Other Big Four CORE Classes
Language Arts, Social Studies and Science, at Middle Schools, are taught at grade level. These courses are enriched for Academically Gifted and Highly Academically Gifted students.
ENCORE classes meet every other ("A"/"B") day. An ENCORE class will only be offered if enough students register for that class. For specific curriculum information, please see the appropriate teacher's web site.
Beginning Art is offered to 6th and 7th graders. Continuing Art to 7th and 8th graders who have taken Beginning Art. And Advanced art to 8th graders who have taken Continuing Art.
Computer Skills and Applications I (new for 2013-14)
This cousse provides hands-on instruction in digital literacy, keyboarding skills and word processing.
Gateway To Technology's cutting-edge program addresses the interest and energy of middle school students, while incorporating national standards in math, science and technology. GTT is "activity oriented" to show students how technology is used in engineering to solve everyday problems. The five instructional units excite and motivate students to use their imaginations and teach them to be creative and innovative, while gaining the skills they need to develop, produce and use products and services.
Topics during the 6-8 grade sequence will include:
Design and Modeling
The Magic of Electrons
The Science of Technology
Automation and Robotics
Flight and Space
Foreign Languages (foreign Language is highly encourage for all Hanes students)
Everyone I have spoken with recommends that a student take as much of ONE language as possible. This is so the student can actually use the language later in life. To this end, we recommend taking a foreign language every year in Middle School and then continuing the language in High School and beyond.
We have offered Spanish and Latin for many years at Hanes. As part of a pilot program, we will also offer French, Chinese, German and Japanese to 6th graders during the 2013-14 school year. Starting in 2007/08, a student who successfully completes three years of a foreign language course and passes an exit exam in eighth grade, will be credited as completing one year of the foreign language high school graduation requirement. These courses will not, however, be used in computation of the high school grade point average.
You can not begin a language in 7th or 8th grade.
World Languages is an overview of several languages and is offered to 8th graders who may want to explore several foreign languages prior to High School.
****Two years of the same Foreign Language, taken at the High School Level, is required to graduate and meet the minimum admissions requirements of the UNC system.****
Both of these classes require the rental/purchase of an instrument. The music department may have a few instruments to rent, however the selection is limited. These classes are every-other ("A"/"B") day classes for 6th and 7th grades. For 8th graders, they have a choice of taking these classes "A"/"B" days or to meet everyday. Band/Orchestra are not offered as beginning classes for 8th graders.
This class is offered to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
PE/Health is required for all students each year.