Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQS

    How are grades reported?
    Grades are reported to parents and students in a variety of ways. Up to date grade information is available through PowerSchool. Additionally, printed Progress Reports are sent home every three weeks and report cards are sent home at the end of every 9 week grading term.

    Is there a supply list? 
    A grade level supply list will be released prior to the end of the school year so that parents will be able to purchase items prior to the first day of school. It will be available on the school website and in the local stores.

    Are all students required to take P.E. in middle school?
    Yes. Students are required to take at least one semester of P.E.

    What is the difference between regular courses and Honors courses?
    Both regular and Honors courses will use the Alabama College and Career Ready grade level standards. Honors may have additional readings and materials to supplement courses. Students who meet the qualifications (Data Rubrics) and have parental consent will be selected to take honors classes.

    What are the "specific criteria" that determine if a student can take a sixth grade Honors course?
    The specific criteria include assessment data, grades and teacher recommendations.

    How do I find out if my child is eligible for a sixth grade Honors course?
    The administrative team will determine eligible students based on the criteria defined in the previous answer. To find out if your chld qualifies for an Honors course, contact your child's fifth grade teacher. 

    How many Honors courses can a sixth grade student take?
    Sixth grade students may take one Honors course per semester. In subsequent years, grades 7 and 8, students may add one Honors course per year.

    If a sixth grade student selects Middle School Band as an elective, does this mean he/she is part of the AMS Band?
    Middle School Band students in Grade 6 who choose "Middle School Band" as an elective will not participate in athletic events; however, they will have the opportunity and be expected to perform at different events throughout the school year. The AMS Band is comprised of students in Grades 7 and 8 only, and these students perform and participate in school athletic events. 

    What determines a student’s grade level?
    Grade level is determined by the number of core classes successfully passed.

    What happens if a student fails a class?
    For students who are not successful during the regular school year and must repeat a class, credit recovery may be a necessity in Summer Session.

    What are the graduation requirements students should expect as they enter high school?
    See AHS Graduation Requirements.