Core Courses and Resources at William Dandy Middle
Secondary Language Arts serves to provide resources, professional learning, and support to all Broward County middle and high schools, as well as educational centers and K-8/6-12 schools. The goal of the Secondary Language Arts Department is to ensure that the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS) are taught with fidelity and that the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language strands are interwoven throughout daily instruction.
In Secondary Mathematics, our curriculum provides rich, challenging opportunities for our students that prepares them for success in college and career. In our math classes, students explore and describe observations, explain their thinking, and ask questions. They are encouraged to use multiple approaches to solve problems and show different ways of thinking. It is our mission to matriculate/graduate/prepare problem-solvers who view challenges as an opportunity to think flexibly, innovatively, and efficiently.
We strive to provide all students with a personalized math curriculum that fits their needs. We offer students courses ranging from remediation to acceleration, including GEM, Algebra I, and Geometry.
The GEM Program is designed to allow students to move faster than they would in a regular program. Sixth Grade qualifying students must have a score of 380 or above in Math and 300 on the reading portion on the Sunshine State Standards (SSS) - Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Students in GEM take Algebra I and Geometry for high school credit in 7th and 8th grades. Geometry students may take their 8th-grade course online with a Math certified teacher in the classroom plus an online certified math teacher. This provides them the opportunity to properly learn to take an online course in a structured environment.
Through laboratory and technological experiences students are engaged in understanding the nature of scientific phenomena and how it correlates to the world around us. Middle school curriculum introduces earth, life, and physical sciences and making real-world connections through scientific inquiry.
Our students learn to have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science; engage in public discussions on related issues; are able to continue to learn about science throughout their lives; and have skills of a scientifically literate person in their respective science discipline. We offer courses ranging from remediation to acceleration including Biology and GEARS.
GEARS is a sixth-grade comprehensive accelerated science class. It uses inquiry-based learning, where the students must produce and site their evidence by investigating real-world science, while simultaneously integrating the seventh and eighth grade standards within the sixth-grade curriculum.
Students in Secondary Social Studies courses have the opportunity to engage in learning high-level content and skills as required by the State of Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies integrated with the Language Arts Florida Standards Literacy in History/Social Studies. Students learn concepts and content in the areas of American History, World History, Geography, Economics, Financial Literacy, Civics, and Government through a variety of required and elective courses.