The STI HOME component of INOW is now available for use by parents and students. From this point forward the program will be known as INOW Parent Portal. To use the program you must first obtain a user name and password, which can be picked up at the school. To access the program, go to https://inow.tcss.net/information. For detailed instructions on how to access INOW Parent Portal click here, and choose parent.
Starting this year The Tuscaloosa County School System is implementing ONLINE REGISTRATION for new and returning students.
As part of our mission to educate and empower all students to be college and career ready graduates, a strengthened and highly rigorous program for our high-achieving students has been implemented at the middle school level. This program, known as the Academic Scholars Program, began in the 2014-2015 school year. Academic Scholars Program provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.
Offered in all four academic classes in the 6th and 7th grades for the 2015-2016 school year, and adding 8th grade in the 2016-2017 school year, the Academic Scholars Program provides intellectual and creative challenges to help students become skilled problem solvers and critical thinkers. In addition, the program incorporates project-based learning to give hands-on opportunities for students to learn, fostering the development of skills for communication, understanding, and team building, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.
Provided at the Middle School level, beginning with rising 6th grade students in 2014-2015; 7th grade students in 2015-2016; 8thgrade students in 2016-2017 Offers courses for all four core disciplines: English, mathematics, science, and social studies
Emphasis on project-based learning and
Technology interpreted through
Engineering and the
Arts, all based in
Mathematical elements” (STEAM)
Goal of producing students who are problem-solvers and have high critical thinking skills
Entrance Criteria80% or higher in each of the four core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) 1st, 2nd, 3rdnine weeks.
70 or higher National Percentile Ranking (NPR) in mathematics and/or in reading
NOTE: If the entrance criteria are met in math, the rising 6th grade student will qualify for the Math/Science Academic Scholars program. If criteria are met in reading, the rising 6th grade student will qualify for the English/Science/Social Studies program.
Option for Parent Override
If a student does not meet the 70 NPR, but has met the grading criteria and an NPR of at least a 60, a parent override will be accepted through the first four days of the school year. An override request must be made to the school principal no later than August 18,2015.
In order to continue in the Academic Scholars Program for the 7thgrade year, a current 6thgrade academic scholar must maintain an 80% or higher grade in each of the core subjects for each nine week period. There will be no parent override for 7thgrade.
Contact your local school principal if you have questions about the Academic Scholars Program.