GULF SHORES MIDDLE SCHOOLStudents are identified for Advanced classes based on the most current/available ACT Aspire scores, current year first semester grades, Benchmark, and/or other screening tools. The Advanced middle school courses are intended to be a preparation for higher-level high school classes (i.e., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) and to give students the opportunity to experience a more challenging curriculum before the transition to high school. Teachers teaching advanced classes are trained in Laying the Foundation.Parent letters for Advanced classes have been given to identified students to be taken home, signed by parents, and returned. Please return by the end of the school year.No student will be placed in an Advanced class without a signed parent letter.Students taking Advanced classes, particularly more than one at a time, should understand that the rigor and pace will be a challenge; therefore, the decision to take Advanced classes must be given careful consideration by both the student and the parent.Parents need to be aware that GSMS teachers and counselors do not make recommendations about which Advanced classes a rising 7th or rising 8th grader should take. We are only identifying students who met the criteria set by the central office. The criteria for Advanced classes includes first semester grades only. Third quarter and current grades are not considered, so students and parents need to keep this in mind.7th and 8th grade students may be identified as meeting the criteria for Advanced classes, but this does not necessarily mean that they have the motivation and discipline to be successful. Also, parents should be aware that some students may not be suited for taking multiple Advanced classes due to the work load.For information about Advanced Classes:Gulf Shores Middle School does not accept parent requests for specific teachers or requests for periods when students take courses. Students are randomly assigned teachers and course periods by the INOW program. Every effort is made to balance student rosters by teachers. Schedule changes are at the Principal’s discretion for situations that warrant it.Year-Round Electives:
- Yearbook - Students apply and are selected in the Spring prior to the school year.
- Newspaper - Students apply and are selected in the Spring prior to the school year.
- Library Aides (8th Grade) - Students apply and are selected in the Spring prior to the school year.
- Office Aides (8th Grade) - Students apply and are selected in the Spring prior to the school year.
- Advanced Art - Second year art students are selected in the Spring prior to the school year.
The school day begins at 7:45AM. First wave students (first wave bus riders, car rides, and walkers) are dismissed at 3:03PM. Second wave students (second wave bus riders) are dismissed at 3:12PM.
P.E. is required both semesters, and students are required to dress out. There is a fee for P.E. uniforms.