Congratulations to the students who represented GPMS and placed at the Regional Science Fair
Jenna laver Honorable Mention Biochemistry
Azka Chaudhry Honorable Mention Earth and Planetary Sciences
Cassandra Vay Honorable Mention Engineering
Grace Kirkpatrick 2nd Place Environmental Science
Abigeal Cronan Honorable Mention Environmental Science
Madeline King Honorable Mention Microbiology
Lily Zachman 2nd Place Physics
Andrea Rodriguez 1st Place Mathematics
Layla Aure Honorable Mention Mathematics
Simran Patibanda Honorable Mention Plant Science
Math & Science Specialty Program Mission Statement: To provide students actively interested in Math and Science with opportunities to explore in-depth mathematic and scientific concepts in an intensive program of study while encouraging and developing critical thinking and problem solving skills and exposing them to STEM opportunities.
How do I apply to the program?
In order to be considered for the Math & Science Specialty Program, you must submit an online application. Click HERE to be directed to the online application! The application window will close on February 1st. It is important to realize that there are no exceptions to the February 1st deadline! After this date, the link to the online application will no longer be active. If your child will be enrolled in PWC schools after the application window closes, you will have 30 days from the date you enroll in PWCS to contact Mrs. Bye and fill out a paper application.
When can I find out more information about the program?
On January 5th from 6:30-7:30 (with a snow date of January 9th) Graham Park will host an open house for interested parents and students! This is a great opportunity to hear what Graham Park's Math and Science Specialty Program is all about! Mrs. Bye will present specifics about the program and Mrs. Ramadane will share information about GP in general.
*Come early at 6:00 to meet current Specialty Program students and have a classroom experience hosted by a current Specialty Program teacher!
What are the requirements for the program?
Earn a minimum score of a "C" in each class
Be well behaved (earn a minimum of "satisfactory" in conduct) in each class
Be willing to work hard (earn a minimum of "satisfactory" in work habits) in each class
Passing scores on the mathematics and science SOL tests
6th grade students must participate in the Invention Convention
7th & 8th grade students must participate in the Science Fair
*Failure to meet these standards will result in probation for the next grading period. Uncorrected problems will result in dismissal from the program. Dismissed students may not re-apply for the program.
What should incoming 6th graders expect?
Most sixth grade students will be placed into 6th Extended math where all of the sixth grade math objectives and ½ of the seventh Grade Math objectives will be taught. This will put them on track to take Algebra I in 8th grade and receive high school credit for the course. Some sixth grade students will be placed into 7th Extended math where all of 8th grade math objectives are taught and the 6th and 7th grade math objectives are sprinkled in as foundational pieces to the curriculum. This particular course places students on track to take both Algebra 1 and Geometry in middle school and receive two high school credits. Students who do not qualify for extended math will still be considered for the program. If accepted, they will be clustered into traditional grade level math class and will still be able to participate in field trips and activities marked for program students. Science for all program students will be taught using the grade level objectives, but the curriculum will be enhanced with projects, labs, and, of course, the infamous Science Fair and Invention Convention! Social Studies, Language Arts, Physical Education, Music, and the Arts are also taught to all students.
Can rising 7th and 8th graders apply?
YES...students CAN apply to the program during their 6th and 7th grade year! Announcements will begin to be made in December to apply and pick up a recommendation form from Mrs. Bye or the front office. Applications will be due on February 1st and accepted students will be enrolled into the program for the following school year. It is actually quite common to have students use their 6th grade year as a transition year to "get the hang of" middle school. Rising 7th and 8th graders will have the same entrance requirements as rising 6th graders. They must have good grades as well as satisfactory conduct and work habits, pass their mathematics and science SOL tests, and have their mathematics or science teacher fill out a satisfactory teacher recommendation form.
If your base school is Beville MS, Godwin MS, Saunders MS, or Benton MS you are welcome to attend the GPMS program too! Students who are not based in the Graham Park attendance area are also required to submit a TRANSFER REQUEST FORM and a SPECIALTY TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION FORM requesting their Express Bus Stop. These forms will be mailed out with the acceptance letters. Students must be accepted into our program before they apply for a transfer.
*Returning transfer students to the Math and Science Specialty Program who plan to continue at Graham Park in the program for the 2017-2018 school year MUST complete a LETTER OF INTENT along with the SPECIALTY TRANSPORTATION
INFORMATION FORM (Mrs. Bye will deliver these forms to students the first week in February).
What are some of the field trips that students in the program go on?
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Wegmans (grocery and recipe manipulation project)
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
STEM Event at the DC Convention Center hosted by the AOC
Crime & Punishment Museum with Forensics Lab
Naturalist Center in Leesburg
Orienteering at Leesylvania State Park
Virginia Science Museum in Richmond
USA Science & Engineering Festival
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
ASTEM Event @ The Governor's School at Innovation Park
GP *Under The Stars* (@GPMS)
7th Grade STEM Career Day (@GPMS)
Nature Bridge camping experience at Prince William National Park
Math & Science Specialty Program Contact
Math & Science Specialty Program Files