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Middle School Advanced Learner Placement for Students (ALPS) Program

The Jordan District ALPS Program is designed to provide greater depth and complexity, infuse creativity and critical thinking into the curriculum, and to provide appropriate learning experiences for the academically talented student. To enter the ALPS program, students must show evidence of advanced abilities through an assessment process. The 7th and 8th grade courses listed below are specific to the ALPS program.



Biology H (Foundation/Core) - Course #3004 | Credit (CTE) | Grade 9 | 0.5 Credits
The Biology Core includes three major concepts for instruction. (1) The structures in all living things occur as a result of necessary functions. (2) Interactions of organisms in an environment are determined by the biotic and abiotic components of the environment. (3) Evolution of species occurs over time and is related to the environment in which the species live. Students will be expected to design investigations in the laboratory and field using research technologies. The ALPS section is taught with an added emphasis on depth, complexity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Human Geography AP - Course #6126 | Credit (WG) | Grade 9 | 1.0 Credits
This college level course covers the nature and perspectives of geography, population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use. University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam.

World Geography H - Course #6022 | Credit (WG) | Grade 9 | 1.0 Credits
This course introduces students to cultural and physical geography. The framework of this course is the five themes of geography—location; place; human interaction with the physical environment; the impact of movements of people, ideas and things; and similarities and differences within and between regions. In addition, the course emphasizes critical, causal, interpretive and reflective thinking skills through observing, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and problem solving. This course emphasizes in-depth reading, writing and independent study.

Earth Science H (Foundation/Core) - Course #3102 | Credit (ES) | Grade 9 | 1.0 Credits
The theme for Earth Science is systems as an organizing concept to understand life on Earth, geological change, and the interaction of atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Earth’s place in the universe, internal structure, atmospheric processes, and resources are explored to help students understand how Earth Science interacts with society.

Integrated Science 7 - Course #3050 | Grade 7 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Seventh Grade Integrated Science focuses on the theme of “structure.” Life, physical, and earth science contents are integrated in a core curriculum. The standards to be taught relate to matter, structure of earth’s crust and interior, structure of cells and organisms, reproduction and heredity of organisms, and classification schemes. The ALPS section is taught with an added emphasis on depth, complexity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Integrated Science 8 - Course #3051 | Grade 8 | 1.0 Credits
Eighth Grade Integrated Science focuses on the theme of “change.” Physical, earth, and life science contents are integrated in a core curriculum. The standards to be taught relate to observations of chemical and physical change, changes in biological energy, forces, energy, and motion, constructing machines, and changes in the Earth’s crust and climate. The ALPS section is taught with an added emphasis on depth, complexity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Language Arts 7B H - Course #4508 | Grade 7 | 1.0 Credits
This course is a combination of English and reading, taught on an honors level. (Combination classes follow the course descriptions for Language Arts 7 H and Reading 7 H.) The ALPS section is taught with an added emphasis on depth, complexity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Language Arts 8 H - Course #4526 | Grade 8 | 1.0 Credits
This course, based on the 8 th Grade Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for students who qualify for more advanced instruction in reading comprehension, writing, methods of inquiry, and the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication. The ALPS section is taught with an added emphasis on depth, complexity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Language Arts 9 H - Course #4543 | Credit (ELA) | Grade 9 | 1.0 Credits
This course, based on the 9th Grade Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for students who qualify for more advanced instruction in reading comprehension, writing, methods of inquiry, and the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication.

Language Arts 10 H - Course #4602 | Credit (ELA) | Grade 9 | 1.0 Credits
This course, based on the 10 th Grade Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for students who qualify for more advanced instruction in reading comprehension, writing, methods of inquiry, and the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication.

U.S. History 1 H - Course #6013 | Grade 8 | 1.0 Credits
United States History 1 H includes events and issues in United States history from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics include, but are not limited to, American Indian life, European exploration and colonization, the Revolutionary War, constitutional issues, nation building, expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The standards can be taught either chronologically or thematically, but are organized into chronological periods. Periodization is an organizational tool historians use to make connections and draw distinctions. Periods are flexible ways of making meaning, and may overlap chronologically. Students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of each period’s key historic, geographic, economic, and civic concepts by applying those concepts to complete cognitively rigorous tasks. Whenever possible, students will be expected to make connections between historically significant events and current issues, helping to deepen their understanding of the context and complexity of civic life and preparing them for civic engagement. The ALPS section is taught with an added emphasis on depth, complexity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Utah Studies 7 - Course #6000 | Grade 7 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Utah is an amazing place, rich in resources, in geographic wonders, in inspiring history, and in the diversity of its people. The study of Utah permits students to understand more deeply the place they call home, while developing essential skills unique to the social studies disciplines. Within these standards, Utah Studies offers an opportunity for students to learn about their own families and cultures as well as those of others. The Utah Studies standards are based on four social studies disciplines: history, geography, economics, and civics. Students will explore the complex history of Utah, with examples of creativity, sacrifice, conflict, innovation, inequity, compromise, and leadership. Students will also learn about Utah’s diverse physical geography, encounter Utah’s economic systems and dynamics, and explore local and statewide political systems. The range of the Utah Studies standards allows teachers flexibility in designing the course scope and sequence. The course could be organized thematically, with distinct units of study related to the social studies disciplines of economics, geography, history and political science/civics. The ALPS section is taught with an added emphasis on depth, complexity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Grade Level English Language Arts World Language Math Science Social Studies
7th
Grade
Course 4508
Language Arts 7B H
World Language Course of Choice at the Appropriate Level Determined by Assessments and Teacher Recommendations Course 3050
Integrated Science 7
Course 6000
Utah Studies 7
8th
Grade
Course 4526
Language Arts 8 H
Course 3051
Integrated Science 8
Course 6013
U.S. History 1 H
9th
Grade
Course 4543
Language Arts 9 H
or
Course 4602
Language Arts 10 H
Course 3004
Biology H
or
Course 3102
Earth Science H
Course 6022
World Geography H
or
Course 6126
Human Geography AP

Due to multiple options of enrichment and acceleration at the high school level, the ALPS program is not offered past 9th grade. The following table outlines suggested ELA courses for students entering the high school from the ALPS program , and displays a visual organizer of other core content classes students will take in their sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Grade Level English Language Arts World
Language
Math Science Social Studies
10th
Grade
Course 4602
Language Arts 10H
or
Course 4612
Language Arts 11H
World Language Course of Choice at the Appropriate Level Determined by Assessments and Teacher Recommendations * *
11th
Grade
* * *
12th
Grade
* * *

LEGEND (Credit)

A = Fine Arts
AAF-M = Applied, Advanced Foundation Math
AAF-S = Applied, Advanced Foundation Science
BS = Biological Science
CS = Chemistry Science
DS = Digital Studies
CTE = Career and Technical Education
E = Electives
ES = Earth Science
F = Financial Literacy
WG = World Geography
HE = Health Education

ILA = Individual Lifetime Activities
ELA = English Language Arts
FL = Fitness for Life
M = Mathematics
PS = Physical Science
PST = Participation Skills & Techniques
Sr. ELA = Senior English Language Arts
S = Foundation/Core Science
WH = World History
USH = US History
USGC = US Government & Citizenship

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