Remix of "21st Century Learner"
All Asheboro students will complete many different research products throughout their 6-12 learning experience, culminating in their Graduation Project. To find out more about the Graduation Project, follow the link.
Graduation Requirements
Opportunities for Advanced Learning for students: Advanced Placement Classes, where students have the opportunity to take college level classes at the high school and take an exam to earn college credit to take with them to college. Career & College Promise, where students have the opportunity to take concurrent classes at Randolph Community College while earning both college and high school credit OR high school credit and industry recognized credentials.
Science Opportunities for students include:<br /><br />Science Olympiad competitions available for students grade 9-12<br />Contact: Betsy Hammond at<br /><br />Science Fair for all students grades 6-8<br /><br />Asheboro High School Zoo School with Science focus available to students grades 10 and up.
Students have access to four languages at Asheboro High School: Spanish, French, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese. Students can begin taking Spanish in middle school also. In addition, through our connection with NC Virtual Public Schools, students may take other languages such as Arabic, Japanese, and Russian.
In grades 6-8 Students learn math through a standards based approach. Classroom instruction focuses on inquiry and investigation of mathematical ideas embedded in rich problem situations. To guide the inquiry, our district utilizes the Connected Mathematics Project 2 curriculum. Please follow the link for more information.
For Math 1-3 in high school, Students learn math through a standards based approach. Classroom instruction focuses on inquiry and investigation of mathematical ideas embedded in rich problem situations. To guide the inquiry, our district utilizes the Core Plus curriculum. Please follow the link for more information. CPMP 2nd Edition Parent Resource
The AVID program helps students reach their full potential. In the AVID elective classes, students are taught different strategies to make them successful in their classes. Once these strategies are mastered, they are then encouraged to take classes with more rigor. By taking these college ready classes, the students are more prepared to advance in their academic careers.
Asheboro City Schools offers students the opportunity to learn about financial literacy through special initiatives such as the Reality Store sponsored by Randolph County Communities in Schools and initiatives within individual schools. The Comet Connections Class, the required freshman elective, includes a unit on financial literacy. Students are also able to take a class called Personal Finance through the Career & Technical Education program in high school.
All Asheboro secondary schools utilize a 1:1 technology model where students have access to a laptop throughout the day. Middle School: Students utilize laptops at school only. High School: Students are issued the laptop to utilize 24/7 throughout the length of the school year.
Students in grades 6-8 take Physical Education and/or Health everyday. Students in grades 9-12 must take at least one credit of PE with a Health component to graduate.
Communication (One of the 4 C's) is emphasized through the Speaking and Listening component of the ELA strand of the Common Core State Standards. Specifically, students are asked to give presentations and respectfully listen and ask clarifying questions.
Students have the opportunity to earn endorsements to their diploma based on the rigor and type of course they pursue in high school:<br /><br />Career Endorsement: Student must complete the Future Ready Curriculum Math Requirements, a CTE Concentration, earn at least one industry recognized credential, and earn an unweighted 2.6 GPA.<br /><br />College Endorsements (2 Options):<br />1-Student must complete the Future Ready Curriculum Math Requirements (including a 4th math that aligns with the students post-secondary plans) and earn an unweighted 2.6 GPA<br />2-Student must complete the Future Ready Curriculum Math Requirements (which includes a fourth mathematics course that meets the minimum admission requirements for UNC universities that include a mathematics course with either Math III as a pre-requisite), 3 units of science including at least one physical science, one biological science, and one laboratory science that must be either physics or chemistry, two units of a foreign language, and earn an unweighted GPA of 2.6.<br /><br />North Carolina Academic Scholars Endorsement: students may earn this endorsement by completing the Future Ready Core Requirements AND <br />two foreign language credits, Four (4) elective credits constituting a concentration recommended from one of the following: Career and Technical Education (CTE), JROTC, Arts Education, Second Languages, any other subject area; 2 Higher level courses taken during junior and/or senior years which <br />carry 5 or 6 quality points such as: AP, Dual or college equivalent course, Advanced CTE/CTE credentialing <br />courses, On-line courses, Other honors or above designated courses <br />AND Completion of the North Carolina Graduation Project
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (One of the 4 C's) is emphasized through problem based and project based learning opportunities for students.
Creativity (One of the 4 C's) is not only emphasized in our Arts program, but daily in each of our classrooms as students are asked to create new and worthwhile ideas as well as elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas and the ideas of others.
Collaboration (one of the 4 C's) is emphasized through team and group approaches to solving problems and completing projects. Students may work together in real-time or virtually with one another while demonstrating leadership and initiative, cooperation, flexibility, responsibility, and respectfulness to the differences of others.
Asheboro City Schools is committed to the continued development of reading and writing skills for adolescent and young adult learners. The middle and high schools are charged with creating a culture of literacy that spans across subjects and levels for all students. Content area teachers must provide instruction using multiple literacy strategies to meet the demands of their specific discipline. When moving into secondary, students see a shift in literacy instruction from an emphasis on reading skills to using literacy to understand content throughout multiple classes with different teachers. The Common Core State Standards, along with adolescent literacy best practices, have shaped Asheboro City School’s literacy expectations and guiding principles in all content areas on the secondary level.
Relationships are important to student success. To help students start off on the right foot in our secondary schools, we have the following systems in place: Middle Schools: ACS Middle Schools use teaming to help middle school students build relationships with their teachers and their peers. These relationships help students succeed in middle school. High School: All 9th Grade Students participate in the Blue Comet Academy (BCA), the freshman small learning community, to help them acclimate to high school. The focus of the BCA is to help students transition successfully from middle school to high school.
To connect the world to our students, Asheboro City Schools is partnering with our community in several ways: Guest Speakers: Teachers are bringing community experts and business professionals into their classes to talk to students about the world in which they live. Virtual and Authentic Field Trips: Utilizing technology, students are able to experience the world while remaining in their classroom. Also, students can physically visit their own surrounding communities and learn about the cultural and historical significance around them (i.e. The Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, College visits, etc). Student job shadowing and internships through the Career & Technical Education Classes.
Digital Expo: Each year students are challenged to present their technology rich projects at the ACS Digital Expo. Asheboro City Schools Technology & Innovation Extravaganza
Incorporating Project Based Learning helps students to become effective problem solvers, have critical thinking opportunities, and build knowledge and skills that aligns to the new rigorous Common Core State Standards.

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