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Difference in rigor 11-13 and 12-14

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Chrystal L
7/20/2020
Hello,
I have a gifted rising 7th grader who attended private school last year for 6th, and public prior to that. I did the placement tests and he should be in 12-14. The course content of 11-13 probably follows what he did last year better as far as time periods for SS, science subjects. Is 12-14 much more rigorous? My son wants to do 12-14 because he doesn't want to feel like he is going backward, but I don't want him to miss the subject matter covered in 11-13. We would likely use MBTP for 8th grade and he would go back to private/public high school.
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
7/20/2020
Technically, the Age 11-13 level is our seventh grade curriculum and the Age 12-14 is eighth. There is not a great deal of difference in the rigor of those two grades as they were developed together. They are made to survey the major topics that will come in high school. In science, the Age 11-13 covers earth sciences and physics and the Age 12-14 covers chemistry and biology. In social studies, the Age 11-13 covers World History and 12-14 US History.
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Terena J
Sandy, UT
8/21/2020
I have used both of these levels with my gifted son. I would go for the 12-14 level based on what you said. My son used 12-14 in 6th grade and it was great!
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
8/21/2020
There is very little difference in the rigor in these two levels. They were developed together. When choosing between the two, you should really only look at the subject differences. The Age 11-13 covers world history, earth science and physics. The Age 12-14 covers American history, chemistry and biology.
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Jennifer W
Pascagoula, MS
8/23/2020
My daughter is headed into 8th and I can vouch that the two years together make a great 7th-8th sequence especially considering how the history and science are covered. The only difference to our district is they learn US history in 7th and MS Studies/Geography in 8th. All of the science she learned in 7th is what is in the 11-13 level. Because I wanted to cover MS Studies and Geography and plan for her to re-enter in 9th after one year of homeschooling, then I decided to jump around level & units a bit to fill up her year. If she was in 7th and planned to stay in 8th homeschooling, I would just do the 11-13 followed by the 12-14 (or vice versa) to get the full survey of topics covered.