• Accelerated Middle School

     AMS at Basha High

    Frequently Asked Questions


    When is AMS information night?
     
    Information night date will be announced soon!
     
    What are the 2018-2019 Enrollment Testing Dates?

    Testing dates will be announced in November!  Testing dates are usually Saturday mornings in late January and Early February.  Reservations are required.  Please contact Chris Taylor at 480-224-2129 for more information.
     
    Is busing provided to A.M.S.?

    Busing is provided to and from some of our elementary schools around the district. See bus depot list page.
     

    Will A.M.S. provide extra-curricular activities (e.g. sports?)
    We do not offer sports. Currently AMS has the following clubs:
    Student government
    NJHS
    ACE 
    Running Club
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    How do I register for A.M.S.?
     
    Informational meetings will be held throughout the year at Basha High School. Specific meeting dates are to be determined.
     
    Where will my child’s classes be held?

    Students enrolled in AMS will have classes all over our campus giving them access to high school grade labs and facilities. The majority of our 6th grade classes are housed in the H-building on the north end of our campus away from other high schoolers. 
     
     

    What is the Vision of Accelerated Middle School (A.M.S.)?

     
    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 skill.
     
    · 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.
     

    What makes A.M.S. different from other junior high schools

    Given that AMS is housed at the Basha High School campus, students attending AMS have the opportunity to utilize the instructional expertise and resources of a comprehensive high school. This offers students a unique opportunity to preview and participate in academic activities and experiences that will prepare them for success in high school and beyond.
     

    What will my child learn at A.M.S.? 

    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. The following core curriculum options are available to 6-8 students. *Course placement may be determined by current skills and proficiency levels.

    Mathematics

    · Honors Pre-Algebra

    · Algebra I

    · Honors Geometry

    · Honors Algebra II

    Science

    · Pre-AP Life Science

    ~includes Biotechnology and Sustainability projects.

    · Investigative Science

    ~ includes Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering projects

    · Honors Biology

    ~includes honors science research project

    English

    · Pre-AP English 6

    · Pre-AP English 7

    · Pre-AP English 8

    Social Science

    · Pre-AP World History

    · Pre-AP European History

    · Pre-AP US History and Geography

    World Languages

    Recognizing that second language proficiency is increasingly in demand, AMS offers two language options for students.

    · Mandarin Chinese

    · Spanish

    Fine Arts

    Participation in fine arts programs offers students the opportunity to become a 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

    Additional Curriculum

    In addition to traditional classes, AMS will offer the following exploratory classes by quarter to 6-8 students throughout the year.

    Art, Engineering, Speech and Debate, Multimedia, Leadership Development, Academic prep, and Digital Photography

     

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