Middle School

The Knowsys middle school college readiness curriculum

The Knowsys Middle School College Readiness Course is designed as an enrichment program.

The course covers SAT (ACT and PSAT) math and verbal content:

  • Math concepts appropriate for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders

  • SAT vocabulary

  • SAT reading comprehension passages and questions

  • SAT grammar 

The Course Integrates College Exploration:

  • PBL (project-based learning)

  • Students work in teams to explore various colleges and universities, majors, etc (depending on level).

  • See Level descriptions (below) for the specifics of each College Exploration project

  • Students present their findings to the class.

Course Details:

  • Designed for Advanced Students (rising 7th graders, 8th graders, and 9th graders):

  • The course serves as a follow-up advancement program for advanced students in the district (e.g., the students who participated in the Duke Talent Search course and/or test)

  • The course provides an advanced academic opportunity within the district.

  • There are 3 different levels, each of which contains different content (see descriptions below) so students can participate in all three levels for three consecutive summers and enjoy distinct material and challenges

Content Overview of All 3 Levels


Level 1

Students tackle College Readiness Math and Verbal and explore different factors to consider when looking for a good college “fit.”

  • Math: Pre-Algebra (percents and ratios), Algebra (linear equations), Statistics (averages), and Geometry (lines and angles, triangles, and circles)

  • Verbal: SAT Vocabulary and mastery-level activities, SAT-style reading and grammar passages, with reading comprehension techniques and grammar concepts interwoven throughout passages

  • College Exploration: Students work in teams exploring universities throughout the U.S. and weighing factors such as size, location, extracurricular activities, study abroad programs, and more

Level 2

Students tackle College Readiness Math and Verbal and explore different factors to consider when selecting a college major.

  • Math: Pre-Algebra (integers, digits, prime numbers, factors, multiples, remainders, patterns, rates, and ratios), Algebra (linear equations - interpreting, rearranging, and solving), Statistics (median, mode, range, and standard deviation), and Geometry (quadrilaterals)

  • Verbal: SAT Vocabulary and mastery-level activities, SAT-style reading and grammar passages, with reading comprehension techniques and grammar concepts interwoven throughout passages

  • College Exploration: Students explore a variety of college majors, including typical college courses associated with those majors, recommended high school courses to prepare for those majors, associated careers paths, and universities that offer those majors

Level 3

Students tackle College Readiness Math and Verbal and create a college readiness “Road Map” using tools from the College Board.

  • Math: Pre-Algebra (fractions, probability, and direct proportionality), Algebra (linear equations and inequalities - setting up and solving ), Statistics (data collection), and Geometry (solids and multiple figures)

  • Verbal: SAT Vocabulary and mastery-level activities, SAT-style reading and grammar passages, with reading comprehension techniques and grammar concepts interwoven throughout passages

  • College Exploration: In the College Exploration portion, students will use EducationPlanner.Org. They will take a short interest/personality/skills survey and then explore the related careers and educational paths


Middle School College Readiness Curriculum Overview

Middle School College Readiness Curriculum Overview

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