Middle School Academic Advising

Academic Advising Resources

General Middle School Academic Resources

Overview of Middle School Curriculum

Each student at LBSS Middle School will take seven classes each semester.  Five of the seven periods are filled with courses that are required for all students: English, math, social studies, science, and physical education. The remaining two periods are filled with a combination of yearlong and/or semester courses from the following departments: visual or performing arts, business and information technology, family and consumer science, world languages, language arts, technology exploration, and AVID.

To supplement the regular education curriculum, several courses are offered to give students additional support in developing English and math skills necessary for success at the high school level. LBSS middle school also provides ESOL and SPED classes to support students’ academic needs. Finally, LBSS Middle School offers two levels of Advanced Academics - the honors program and the Advanced Academic Level IV Center (AAP) program.

For more detailed information on courses offered at LBSS Middle School, view the course catalog and the information below. 

Middle School AAP Level IV Program

The AAP Level IV program for students in grades 3 through 8 offers identified students a highly challenging instructional program that follows the FCPS Program of Studies. Differentiation in the depth, breadth, and pace of instruction is designed to meet the needs of advanced learners with a strong emphasis on higher level thinking skills. Adaptations are made to the curriculum in order to provide an appropriate level of challenge for gifted learners with a strong emphasis on critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. Students participate with the entire student body in school-based activities such as student government, physical education, band and strings, chorus, and other electives. The AAP Level IV program environment allows students to explore and express their ideas with other highly able peers. Teachers develop and implement units of study that lead to an understanding of the concepts, themes, and issues that are fundamental to the disciplines and that lead to an appreciation for relationships within and among disciplines. Students pursue independent investigations and ongoing research appropriate to the disciplines. They have ongoing opportunities for reflection and self-assessment that develop an understanding of the characteristics, demands, and responsibilities of advanced intellectual development.

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Middle School Honors Program

Honors classes, aligned with national standards for gifted and talented education, are open to all students who seek academic rigor. Fairfax County offers open enrollment in Honors classes and parents may enroll their child in Honors science, social studies and/or English classes. Students who have demonstrated high achievement, interest, and/or potential in one or more academic areas may be ready to take Honors classes. Students eligible for full time Level IV center placement have the option to take full honors at their local middle school. Enrollment in Honors classes takes place in the spring during the course selection process. At that time, parents/guardians may choose which science, English and/or social studies Honors classes will best meet the needs of their child.

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ESOL Program

The mission of ESOL services is to prepare students to be college and career ready by developing students’ academic English language proficiency through integrated content-based language instruction. ESOL services foster academic achievement, critical thinking and problem solving through engaging curricula, professional development and advocacy for English learners.

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Skill Improvement Courses

  • LAP - Literary Access through Participation
  • Action Literacy
  • Responsive Writing
  • Power Math
  • Algebra Readiness Initiative

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