Hillview to add 6th Grade Honors Academy this fall

LANCASTER – The Westside Union School District Board of Trustees this week voted to create the Hillview 6th Grade Honors Academy.

The new program will add 6th grade honor students to the school, which is currently comprised of 7th and 8th grade students. This program is the latest effort by Westside Union School District to expand parental choice in the education of their children.

“Westside continues to break the mold of public education with top notch programs such as this,” says Regina Rossall, Superintendent of Westside Union School District.  “For 6th graders in the Antelope Valley, Hillview Honors Academy will offer an unmatched environment.”

Honors Academy classes will include Language, Math, History, Science/Science Lab, PE and Exploratory Classes. Honors students will have access to all middle school extracurricular activities, including sports teams, drama and other clubs. Additionally, the program will provide new opportunities for the students to participate in Project Lead the Way, Mathletes and AVID.

“The Hillview 6th Grade Honors Academy will offer academic challenges with accelerated expectations to prepare students for the challenges they will face in the future,” said Robert Garza, principal of Hillview Middle School.  “Acceptance requires commitment from parents and students alike to push themselves beyond what is normally expected.   If you believe in your child and can commit to success, this is the program for you.”

To be eligible for the Hillview 6th Grade Honors Academy, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA during 5th grade and score ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced’ on 4th grade STAR tests.

All 5th graders in the Antelope Valley who meet the standards may apply for the academy, regardless of where they live.

Applications for the 2012-13 school year must be turned in by 3:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 17 to the District office.

For more information or to pick up an application, call the District office at 661-723-0716.

(Information via press release from Westside Union School District.)