Hello All... A little over a year ago I posted on this forum about my high school creating a new STEM program (original post: http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/index.php?threads/building-new-stem-program.185946/). I'm happy to report that our program has had a wonderful first semester and we've had buy-in from students, staff, and admin. A ton of buy-in. The super is wanting to divert funds to us for next year - which brings me to my question... I met with my administrator just before Christmas break (literally, the day before break). He wants to explore ideas about advancing our honors students in this program. One idea is to block-schedule the students for math and science classes during the freshman year. They would take the following classes during 9th grade: Fall Semester: Honors Geometry and Honors Biology Spring Semester: Honors Algebra 2 and Honors Physical Science Nothing like this has ever been done at my school. No other classes would be blocked - just these 4 courses for a select group of 30 kids. Has anyone had any experience with a similar set-up? The concern is that this would be too much for 9th graders to handle. Does anyone have any other ideas? Thanks!