Academics in Harrison County Schools
Harrison County Schools offers its students the finest in educational programming through a well planned, comprehensive curriculum which is designed to meet the needs of all students at each developmental level.
The Elementary Curriculum (K-5) begins with a dynamic, activity-oriented kindergarten program which introduces students to the wonders of their environment, gives them an appreciation for others and provides them with successful learning experiences.
The program in grades 1-5 emphasizes activities through curricular and instructional practices that assure our young people leave the fifth grade able to read, write and solve mathematical problems. Learning occurs primarily through themes, projects and individualized learning opportunities that teachers plan to reflect children's interests and suggestions. The curriculum focuses on exploration, discovery and hands-on experiences. The learning process incorporates continuous progress while accommodating all learning styles, interests, developmental levels and needs, and involves a mix of individual, small group and whole group activities.
Expanding on the creative learning that takes place in thirteen elementary schools, the Middle School Curriculum continues to meet student needs as they make the transition from elementary to high school. It offers concentrated instruction in the basic skills and gives particular attention to forming a sound academic foundation needed to meet the high expectations of our high schools. An advisor-advisee program maximizes contact between the students and their teachers. The teachers in interdisciplinary teams plan, deliver and assess effective and exciting units of instruction. Exploratory classes expose students to new areas that would not have been as effective with traditional junior high scheduling. Reading is offered and emphasized throughout the middle school program as are multi-age grouping and interest-based instruction.
During the eighth grade, students, with their guidance counselors and parents, develop a four year high school plan in one of three flexible programs, each of which leads to twenty-eight units of credit and graduation.
The Adolescent Curriculum (9-12) offers students high quality programs which maintain high academic standards and expectations, allowing students choices as they prepare for productive careers. Every graduate will have the competencies necessary to succeed in the world of work or in post-secondary education.
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