Our middle school math program acknowledges students' individual learning by providing courses that move at different paces. All middle school math courses are aligned with national standards, but beginning in 7th grade, students are placed in a course that matches how they best learn mathematical concepts. We strive to achieve a balance between inquiry and project based learning, direct instruction, and computational fluency.
The 6th grade math course solidifies and reinforces the arithmetic skills and number sense developed in previous years. With these foundational skills in place, students transition from the concrete mathematics of elementary school into abstract concepts. This course is designed to be a bridge from elementary mathematics to more complex and abstract reasoning through the use of problem solving strategies, recognition of patterns, and application of mathematical principles.
Math 7 follows a developmentally appropriate pathway which takes concepts from concrete to abstract. Concepts like unit rate and ratios are extended to proportional relationships and linear equations. 7th grade students learn fundamental algebra skills such as solving equations and writing expressions, and they develop their algebraic reasoning skills through geometric and statistical applications. Students who complete Math 7 matriculate to Math 8 in 8th grade.
For 7th grade students who assimilate new skills and concepts quickly, the Math 7/8 course combines the entire Math 7 and Math 8 course into one school year. This course moves quickly through content and requires a strong commitment from students who love math and will work hard to compress two full years of content into one year. Students who successfully complete Math 7/8 are placed in Algebra I as 8th graders.
The Math 8 course is the final course in the standard middle school course pathway and offers students a combination of algebra, geometry, and statistics in preparation for high school mathematics. Topics include linear equations, radicals and exponents, functions, volume of solids, and interpreting bivariate data.
Students who completed Math 7/8 as 7th graders, will take Algebra I as 8th graders. Algebra I is a rigorous, high-school level course, which among other topics, includes functions, polynomials, quadratics, inequalities, vectors, matrices, and systems of equations.