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    Fairhope Middle School

    Homeschool and Private School Information

    Regarding Grade Level Placement

     

    In Baldwin County, grade placement for students entering our schools from non-accredited schools (as identified by the Alabama State Department of Education) is determined by student performance on validation tests that assess standards from the Alabama Courses of Study or a review of approved standardized tests. Validation tests are required for all students transferring from non-accredited homeschool programs or non-accredited private schools.  

    Students who have completed the grade level requirement and elect to take validation tests are required to earn the minimum score requirement on each test to enroll in the next grade level. Incoming 7th grade students are required to take two online validation tests, one in 6th grade Reading and one in 6th grade Math. Incoming 8th grade students are required to take an online 7th grade Reading and an online 7th grade Math test. MacBooks are provided for validation testing. 

    No validation tests are timed. The validation process ends once a student scores below the minimum score. For example, Math is the first validation test administered for both incoming grade levels. Should a student score below the minimum score on the Math test, then no other validation tests are administered, and the student is placed at the previous grade level. Validation tests are not administered to students who would turn 16 years of age in 8th grade.

    Mrs. Bowling, 7th Grade School Counselor, and Mrs. Doyle, 8th Grade Counselor are responsible for scheduling and administering validation tests.They can be reached at 251-928-2573 and by email: CBowling@bcbe.org and kdoyle@bcbe.org

    Students who submit standardized test scores in lieu of validation tests to the BCBOE central office for review are expected to be on grade level in each core subject. Standardized test scores are required to be current if they are used for consideration for placement. Dr. Stephanie Harrison, BCBOE Secondary Coordinator, is the contact person for standardized test review. She can be reached at sharrison@bcbe.org or 251-972-8525.

    Parents who are considering homeschool and private school programs need to be aware of the accreditation status of the programs they select. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide proof of program accreditation to the Registrar, Ms. Crystal Richardson. Transcripts indicating successful completion of accredited programs are also required. 

     
    Parents of homeschool students may visit the Alabama Course of Study website for information regarding grades 6-8 course content. Here is the link: http://alex.state.al.us/browseStand.php
     

    Information Regarding Local Homeschool

    and Private School Accreditation  

    Non-Accredited Homeschools (Require Validation Tests):

    Central Christian Homeschool in Robertsdale, AL

    Bridge Christian Academy in Magnolia Springs, AL 

     

    Non-Accredited Private School (Require Validation Tests):

    Bayshore Christian School, Fairhope, AL

    Marietta Johnson Organic School, Fairhope, AL

     

    Accredited Homeschools: There are many online programs that are accredited. Parents are responsible for providing proof of accreditation. Several FMS students have been enrolled in these accredited homeschool programs:

    International Connections Academy 

    www.internationalconnectionsacademy.com

    Calvert Educational Services Homeschool Program

    http://homeschool.calverteducation.com/

    Keystone School Online

    Keystoneschoolonline.com

     

    Accredited Private Schools: 

    Bayside Academy, Daphne, AL

    Christ the King School, Daphne, AL

    Central Christian School, Robertsdale, AL

    St. Patrick School, Robertsdale, AL

    Saint Benedict’s School, Foley, AL

     

    This is not a complete list of non-accredited/accredited homeschool or private school programs.

     
     Fairhope Middle School requires no validation tests for students transferring from schools that are accredited by the following agencies:
     
    Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    Commission on Elementary Education; Commission on Secondary Schools
    3624 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA  19104-2680
    Phone:  215-662-2680
    www.css-msa.org

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    Commission on Public Elementary and Middle Schools; Commission on Public Secondary Schools; Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
    209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
    Bedford,  MA  01730-1433
    Phone:  781-271-0022
    www.neasc.org

    North Central Association
    Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
    Arizona State University
    P.O. Box 871008
    Tempe, AZ  85287-1008
    Phone:  800-525-9517
    www.ncacasi.org

    Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
    Boise State University
    Education Building
    1910 University Drive
    Boise, ID 83725-1060
    Phone:  208-426-5727
    www.boisestate.edu/naas

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/ AdvancED
    Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
    Commission on Elementary, Middle and Secondary Schools
    1866 Southern Lane
    Decatur, GA  30033
    www.sacscasi.org

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    Accrediting Commission for Schools
    533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 200
    Burlingame, CA  94010-2009
    Phone:  650-696-1867
    www.acswasc.org