Thank you for your interest in applying to Joe Walker Middle School’s 6th Grade Honors Academy. Please review the information and requirements for application.
How does my 5th grade student enroll in the 6th grade program at Joe Walker Middle School?
ALL current 5th grade students/incoming 6th grade students MUST apply for the 6th Grade Honors Academy regardless of whether the student is a current Westside Union School District student. In addition, students MUST complete the online Transfer request. That can be accessed on our district webpage (www.westside.k12.ca.us) under “Transfers” – complete the “Enrollment and Transfer Application for 2021-22.” Applications, the completed online Transfer request, and all documentation are due to Joe Walker between March 19 – April 15, 2021. There are a limited number of seats available for incoming 6th grade students.
How will applying students be selected?
If using letter grades, the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA or higher each semester in 4th and 5th grade; no D or F grades. Students on a Standards Based report card must have “2” or higher scores each semester during 4th grade, AND “2” or higher scores on their 5th grade, 1st semester and 3rd quarter progress report. *
Students must have a “3” or “4” score in College and Career Readiness on their 5th grade, 3rd quarter report card. **
Scores at or above 70th percentile on the NWEA 5th grade, 3rd quarter Language Arts AND Math Assessments. Out of district students must show proficient levels on their 5th grade district assessments. ***
An average of 10 or fewer absences when looking at both 4th and 5th grade attendance. ***
* - Students who meet grade requirements, but have multiple “2” scores, will be considered if space is still available after considering students who meet grade requirements and have “3” and “4” scores.
** - Students from out of district must have an A/B or equivalent score in citizenship (or similar category) on their 5th grade report cards.
*** - Students who don’t meet the bottom two criteria may still apply; however, they will only be considered if space is available after acceptance of all students that meet all levels of eligibility.
How does 6th grade at Joe Walker Middle School differ from 6th grade at the elementary school?
6th grade students will receive honors level departmentalized instruction in each content area. Each student will receive instruction from a credentialed teacher in Math, Language Arts, Science, History, Physical Education, and Electives. 6th grade students will have access to the same electives, extra-curricular activities, and specialized programs as the 7th and 8th grade students.
What if I don’t currently attend school in the Westside Union School District, or I live in another District’s boundaries?
If you don’t currently attend school in the Westside Union School District, but currently live in our boundaries, you will complete the application as noted above. If you don’t currently attend school in the Westside Union School District, and DO NOT live within our boundaries, you will still complete the application as stated above; however, if you are accepted, you will need to get an inter-district transfer release from your home school district and have a copy mailed to our district office at:
Westside Union School District
41914 50th Street West
Quartz Hill, CA 93536,