Frequently Asked Questions

The Junior High School is a different experience from the other schools in the district. There are many things unique to the Junior High (like looping and teaming - see below) that we would like to explain to new parents.

We have put together some Frequently Asked Questions about the Junior High. There are additional topics listed on the side navigation tab. If you have any additional questions, fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Thank you
From the Junior High School Improvement Team 
(Jr SIT)

What is teaming?

Students in the junior high school are assigned to a team. A team is a group of core teachers (English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Special Education). The core team teachers meet daily to discuss students and their learning. The current teams are the Red Knights, White Knights and Black Knights (based on the EWG school colors).

What is looping?
At EWGJH our students are assigned to the same team for both 7th and 8th grade with the same set of core teachers and the same group of students. "The educational practice of teachers and young adolescents remaining together for two or more years, known as looping, provides a stable learning environment that supports students' developmental changes and responds to their individual needs." 

How are students placed on teams?
The 6th grade teachers at Metcalf give the JH teachers information about each student including: current level of achievement, classroom behavior, state and school assessment proficiencies, special education/504/PLP status as well as anecdotal notes.  Specialized learning groups are created so as to best meet students educational, social and emotional needs. Once specialized learning groups have been determined the 7th grade Team leaders meet to divide the remainder of the students blindly (without regard to student name).

How are students placed in classes?
EWGJH believes in heterogeneous classrooms (mixed ability) where possible. Some classes are based upon students' grade level proficiencies in English and Mathematics.

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