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Accelerated Learning Program (Grades 5 - 8)

Accelerated Math Program

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At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, we have designed a unique accelerated math program for our 5th through 8th grade students. We begin with those who qualify in 5th grade and accelerate through Algebra I at 7th grade and Algebra II at 8th grade level.  This is an extremely aggressive approach and certain qualifications must be met. The program is designed to challenge the highest achievers in Math. Mathematics is integrated with other academic disciplines highlighting technology is taught by Miss Nina Borgman

Math Counts Club

Math Homework Sheet 


                            Accelerated Literature Program

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The Accelerated Literature Program at OLMC begins in the 5th grade. Students who have scored within a particular range on the ITBS Test taken in the Fall of the 4th grade year are selected to follow this advanced track with the approval of their teacher.  At the middle school level, students will read, discuss and write about several books of different genres.  They will explore fantasy, historical fiction, a play, adventure novels and other interesting reading while learning about the literary elements used to create good literature.  

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At the 8th grade level, students will take a Literature Class taught at the 9th grade level by Mrs. Deanna Smillie.  Reading becomes more complex and lessons are treated actively and strategically.  Students are exposed to a variety of novels often integrated with history lessons.  We also travel to the Illinois Holocaust Museum or visit with a survivor.  Our them is « Man’s Inhumanity to Man ».

Higher quality literary experiences learned in this class are the keys to gain insight and knowlege from the act of reading as well as interpretation and assessment of text.  Each year after reading "To Kill a Mockingbird," the 9th Grade Literature Class takes a fieldtrip to the Williamson County Courthouse in Marion.  On a field trip, the students interviewed a lawyers, the States Attorney, a Judge, and a Deputy Sheriff, and were excited to learn some of them were former graduates from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.  The students were inspired by their success stories in life.  Ultimately, Accelerated Literature students are well-prepared for advanced and honors literature courses at the high school level. 


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