TSMS Course Offerings
The main goal of Thompson’s Station Middle School is to provide an enriched academic environment that meets the diverse needs of our student population. In order to meet this goal, we provide sixth through eighth grade students with instruction in four core academic areas: mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies.
Express is an arranged time to purposefully intervene and enrich student learning. Teachers create sessions that engage, enrich, stretch, reinforce, and review to help individualize student skills, through experience, to display mastery. Students are presented with a session menu and can be assigned to sessions or choose to attend sessions of personal interest; which, promotes an intentional instruction in a small group environment. Express is designed to serve our student body in way that instills practices to thrive in an educational setting, in return flourishing in society.
- High School Credit Classes: Students can earn high school credit for Algebra I, Geometry, Spanish I Honors, and German I Honors. Seventh grade students can also take a two-year Spanish class that will earn them Spanish I high school credit.
- Related Arts Classes: TSMS also offers a variety of Related Arts programs. The length of these classes varies; some are offered for a nine week period; others are offered for a semester or a year.
- Gifted Education Services: Gifted and talented students are provided an array of activities that help them to accelerate their learning. Students may be placed in more advanced classes or given individualized or independent study programs as specified by their IEPs (Individual Educational Plan).
- English Language Learners: TSMS provides English Language Learner (ELL) instruction for students who qualify as English Learners. Federal and State laws, as well as WCS School Board policies, guide the purpose, structure and content of this program.
- Special Education Services: Students with emotional disabilities and learning disabilities are offered individualized curriculum that has been identified to meet their specific needs. This is accomplished by working with students in small groups or individually or by their placement in classes where success is assured. For other learning challenged students, we offer full inclusion programs that keep diverse learners within the regular classroom grouping. Finding the least restrictive, most effective environment is our priority for these students. Classroom and special education teachers work together to prepare lessons that use multiple teaching techniques. This ensures skill mastery by all students regardless of their academic learning disability.
2018-2019 Course Offerings
TSMS 6th graders have the following course options:
- Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations
All students will take a math placement test which will determine whether or not sixth grade students are enrolled into Course I or Course II for math.
TSMS 7th graders have the following course options:
- Social Studies: Ancient Rome to Explorers
All students will take a math placement test which will determine whether or not seventh grade students are enrolled into Course II or Algebra I for math.
- Spanish 7A
Seventh Grade students have the option to begin a 2 year Spanish Course. 7A is taken as a seventh grader and 8B is taken as an eighth grader. These courses will occupy the Related Arts time slot for enrolled students. Completion of both courses with a passing grade will earn students 1 high school foreign language credit.
TSMS 8th graders have the following course options:
- Social Studies: US History
All students will take a math placement test which will determine whether eighth grade students are enrolled into Course III, Algebra I, or Geometry for math. (Geometry is currently offered at Independence High School.)
- Spanish 8B
8th graders who completed Spanish 7A in seventh grade will continue with part 2 of the course as eighth graders.
- Spanish I Honors
Eighth grade students who did not take 7A as seventh graders may be able to take Spanish I Honors for high school credit. This course is a high school level course spanning 1 school year.
Students interested in learning German are able to travel to Independence High School to take German for one high school credit.