Some middle school students are getting a jump start on ninth grade, much like high school students take college classes and dual enroll at local universities.
At Teasley Middle School in Canton, Shari Tolan leads a high school level physical science class. Students in Cherokee County who are ready for more challenging academics can enroll in high school level classes.
â€śItâ€™s a way to get a lot of the core [high school] courses under the belt,â€ť said Nicole Holmes, Cherokeeâ€™s chief academic officer. â€śIf you are a high school student enrolled in AP classes, you donâ€™t have a lot of wiggle room for electives or courses of interest. Having those core courses finished frees up some time in the day to take additional things.â€ť
Taking high school courses early also offers some students the rigorous challenges that keep them engaged, said Holmes. â€śSome kids are soaking up everything you can put in front of them, so why make them wait until high school to expand into an advanced curriculum?â€ť