CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
All students who attend Greiner are placed on academic teams. Students are enrolled in seven classes, which include English, math, science, reading, social studies, and electives. All students are required to take one semester of Physical Education each year and only one semester of technology (computers). W. E. Greiner Middle School expects all students to complete all assignments on time. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero. Only students with excused absences will be allowed to make up work.
The Dallas Independent School District secondary English as a Second Language program is a comprehensive instructional program designed to meet the linguistic and academic needs of speakers of other languages students. The ESL program provides limited English proficient (LEP) students with sequential instruction for the acquisition of basic interpersonal communicative skills and cognitive academic language proficiency skills. The program ensures that LEP students are provided the same academic and extra curricular opportunities as English proficient students.
Pre-Advanced Placement courses are offered in various subjects in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. In 6th grade, students are offered Pre-AP English and math classes. In 7th grade and 8th grade, students are offered Pre-AP English, math, science and social studies classes. Any student may enroll in these courses; however, certain criteria may apply. Pre-AP courses are more rigorous and require additional hours outside of the classroom to achieve academic success.
If a student is screened and identified for gifted and talented services; they must be placed into one of these courses, unless the parent/legal guardian submits a letter requesting the student not to be in a Pre-AP course.
Algebra I - 8th grade
The following criteria shall be considered in determining the student's eligibility for placement in Algebra I, which will be offered only in grade 8:
A fall semester average of 80 or above in the student's math class.
A passing score on the district-selected algebra readiness measure.
If these criteria have not been met, a student's parent may request that the student take the course and shall sign an agreement to assist in monitoring and supporting the progress of the student in the course.
Middle School students may be admitted to Algebra I during the beginning of the academic year only. The student must complete both the fall semester and spring semester in order to receive high school credit.