Advance Middle School Science (AMSS)
Students need the opportunity to enroll in a science class that matches their math course of study. Advanced Middle School Science provides above level math students with a challenging course that aligns their math skills with the appropriate science instruction. If students choose the STEM science endorsement for high school, they will not have to “double up” on science classes in order to meet the requirements. Visit tea.texas.gov/communications/grad_toolkit/booklet.pdf for more information about endorsements.
Students in Pre-AP or Compacted Math qualify for AMSS. Chapter 112.39 of the Texas education code states “Algebra I is suggested as a prerequisite or co-requisite” for Physics. Because of this, LEISD requires students to be enrolled in or have completed Algebra 1 to take physics. To enroll in AMSS, contact your campus counselor or sign up during course registration.
It’s easy for students to accelerate their math instruction and complete Algebra 1 or Geometry in middle school, but what about science? Until now, there hasn't been an option for those students in LEISD and advance middle school science changes that with a unique course of study the combines like concepts from across grade levels.
6th grade year: 6th Grade AMSS covers 54% of 6th grade science standards, 73% of 7th grade science standards, and 15% of 8th grade science standards.
7th grade year: 7th Grade AMSS covers 46% of 6th grade science standards, 27% of 7th grade science standards, and 85% of 8th grade science standards. Students will take the 8th grade science STAAR.
8th grade year: Students will complete Pre-AP Physics (1 high school credit).