Proposed instructional changes for students in ninth and 10th grades next year at Annapolis High will be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday night in the school’s auditorium from 6 to 7 p.m.
Starting in the fall, the school will offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) for all students in ninth and 10th grades. Note that students who wish to continue the MYP and pursue the IB Diploma in 11thgrade applied to the program as eighth graders this past fall.
According to a bulletin posted on the school’s website, the plans for instructional changes include “scheduling school wide heterogeneous grouping for all of our ninth grade students … [to provide] students with opportunities to experience success at higher levels of rigor, thereby advancing academic achievement.”
The move will essentially place students in English, science and history classes together—regardless of ability—instead of grouping students at similar learning levels in the same class.
“By eliminating the ‘tracking’ of the past, classes better will reflect the student population as a whole, improving our school climate and sense of unity. Students will no longer feel excluded and set apart as being ‘not good enough’ or ‘just standard,’” according to the school’s website.
Editor's note: This article has been updated from a previous version to reflect the change of meeting place to the auditorium.