Advanced Studies

Elementary Enrichment

Academically talented students in grades 3-6 may qualify to participate in FACS Enrichment.  To appropriately identify, develop, and nurture individual academic high achievers, FACS elementary educators use a four-point criteria checklist that includes:

  • IQ scores or Otis Lennon Ability scores

  • report card grades

  • work habit and conduct behaviors

  • teacher recommendations

The Enrichment Program challenges students with intentionally developed lessons that incorporate logic and higher order thinking skill activities, creative writing, elaboration, creative dramatics, topical units of study, problem solving, group projects and field trips. Enrichment is a pull-out program from the regular classroom and meets one afternoon each week for two hours.

Secondary Honors Courses

Qualified FACS students may take honors-level coursework in all major academic disciplines. Honors courses move at a faster pace, typically involve more in-depth class discussion, and cover more material than standard coursework. Criteria evaluated for student inclusion in honors coursework include:

  • Standardized test scores

  • Course grades (a course grade of 85+ in a current honors course or a grade of 95+ in a regular course is required for application to honors courses)

  • Student work ethic and conduct

  • A recommendation from the current teacher in the subject matter for which honors coursework is requested

  • Administrative approval

Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are the most rigorous college-level courses taught at FACS, requiring AP examination at the end of each course. AP exams are scored on a 5-point scale with a score of 3 typically being accepted for college credit by a public university, and a score of 4 or 5 typically being accepted for credit by a private university.

Dual Enrollment Courses

All FACS Dual Enrollment (DE) courses are offered through the University of Memphis.

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