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Curriculum and Instruction

Seventh- and eighth-grade students in Forest Hills attend Nagel Middle School, one of only 21 schools in Ohio to be named an Ohio School to Watch for being academically challenging, developmentally responsive and socially equitable.

To help meet the needs of all students, middle school students are organized in to small learning communities called “teams”. Through these teams, Nagel staff members cross subject areas and work together to meet the needs of students, provide a more personalized educational experience and form strong relationships. Focus is given to main subject areas, social and emotional growth, technology, and college and career readiness and planning. In middle school, students experience flexible schedules and technology-infused learning spaces that foster collaboration and allow learning to drive the schedule, not clocks or access to resources.

Learn more about 7-8 curriculum in the 7-8 Course Guide

Courses of Study

Forest Hills School District regularly revisits the core instructional subjects to review and modify the educational approach in classrooms. Teams of professional, dedicated and knowledgeable K-12 educators develop a framework for the different subjects, defining things like areas of focus, program philosophy and goals, instructional practices and more. All courses of study are created following careful review of current learning standards set by the State of Ohio, in addition to current learning theory and best professional practices.

Click here for a current list of the Forest Hills Courses of Study


Assessments are a very important aspect of learning as they assist in progress monitoring, evaluation of instruction, and engaging students in their own academic and personal learning. Essentially, assessments enhance student, parent and teacher understanding of student learning; show evidence of progress; identify students who may need additional enrichment or intervention supports; and guide instruction toward course material mastery and personal growth.

Forest Hills believes in a balanced assessment approach that blends assessments from local, state and national perspectives and:

  • begins with establishing clear goals and monitoring progress toward those goals along the way
  • guides student learning and maximizes achievement for all students
  • provides data with the intent of improving, measuring, and maximizing student growth
  • identifies what students already know and what they need to learn
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