• Chesterton Middle School (7th & 8th Grade) Program Description:

    High Ability Program

    CMS offers the following courses within the High Ability Program (by subject area):

    • English Department
      • Advanced English (7th Grade)
      • Advanced English (8th Grade)
    • Mathematics Department
      • Pre-Algebra (7th Grade)
      • Advanced Pre-Algebra (7th Grade)
      • Algebra I (8th Grade, CHS credit and GPA earned)
      • Advanced Algebra I (8th Grade, CHS Honors credit and GPA earned)
    • Science Department
      • Advanced Science (7th Grade)
      • Biology I (8th Grade, CHS credit and GPA earned)
      • Honors Biology I (8th Grade, CHS Honors credit and GPA earned)

    Chesterton Middle School (7th & 8th Grade) Identification and Placement

    Students are determined eligible for High Ability Program placement based on the following criteria:

    • Potential-based (aptitude) Measure:  InView/Cognitive Skills Index (CSI) (taken in 6th grade for middle school)
    • Performance-based (achievement) Measure:  Spring NWEA MAP assessments in Math (for Math High Ability Placement) and both Reading & Language (for English High Ability Placement) for current Duneland students (and Fall NWEA MAP assessments for new/transferring students)
      • Students who are eligible for both a High Ability Math course and Advanced English qualify for a High Ability Science course as well:
        • Pre-Algebra & Advanced Pre-Algebra students also in Advanced English 7 will qualify for Advanced Science 7
        • Algebra I students also in Advanced English 8 will qualify for Biology I
        • Advanced Algebra I students also in Advanced English 8 will qualify for Honors Biology I
      • A current Duneland student performing at or above the 95th percentile on the Spring NWEA MAP Math assessment (or Fall NWEA MAP assessment for new/transferring students) will be eligible for the Advanced level of Math (or a result between the 90th-94th percentiles for eligibility for Pre-Algebra in 7th Grade or for eligibility for Algebra I in 8th Grade)
      • A current Duneland student performing at or above the 90th percentile on both the Spring NWEA MAP Reading assessment and the Spring NWEA MAP Language assessment (or Fall NWEA MAP assessments for new/transferring students) will be eligible for the Advanced level of English
      • A student overall CSI score of 128 and above qualifies a student for an Advanced level of Math and Advanced English. Additionally, a Nonverbal CSI result at or above the 95th percentile qualifies a student for an Advanced level of Math, and a Verbal CSI result at or above the 95th percentile qualifies a student for Advanced English

    Chesterton Middle School (7th & 8th) Appeals

    Parents/Guardians who disagree with the identification of their child must submit in writing an appeal form stating the reasons they believe their child should receive high ability services. At the middle school level, all appeals can be submitted to the CMS High Ability Cadre.  CMS will accept appeals up until the first day of school. After review of the Fall NWEA MAP assessment results (which are administered to all CMS students during the first two weeks of the school year) by the High Ability Cadre, the CMS Guidance department will inform the parent/guardian of its decision. Appeal forms are available on the Duneland School Corporation Website.