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Grade 6-12 Math Course Syllabi

Grade 6

The sixth grade Mathematics curriculum, entitled Middle School Mathematics, Course 1, will continue the development of skills and concepts acquired in elementary school.  Students’ knowledge will be extended in the areas of ratios and proportional relationships, number sense/problem solving, algebraic expressions and equations, geometry and statistics.  Operations with fractions and decimals will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to use algebraic thinking and methods in problem solving. Additional topics that will be included are area and perimeter, statistical graphs and an introduction to the coordinate system.

Students will be encouraged to understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life and to look for patterns and relationships in mathematics.  Additionally, students will be asked to apply their knowledge of skills and concepts through problem solving and critical thinking.

Grade 7

Pre-Algebra 7
The Pre-Algebra 7 program will continue the development of skills and concepts acquired in the sixth grade.  Students’ knowledge will be extended in the areas of number theory, computation with integers, fractions and decimals, algebraic expressions and equations, ratios and proportions, estimation, problem solving, coordinate geometry, and geometric concepts including angles, area, volume, surface area, perimeter and circumference.  Additional support will be provided where appropriate. At the end of the year, students may transition to Algebra 8. Exceptional achievement in the Pre-Algebra 7 course will be required and additional coursework during the summer may be required for transition to Algebra II.

Algebra 7
The curriculum will focus on the transition from concrete to abstract approaches through problem solving. The scope of the program will include topics such as: linear equations, inequalities, functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, and exponent rules. At the end of the year, students may transition to Algebra 8, Algebra II or Advanced Algebra II in the eighth grade. Exceptional achievement in Algebra 7 is required and additional coursework may be required during the summer for transition to Advanced Algebra II.

Advanced Algebra 7
Students in Advanced Algebra 7 will cover the same core programs as the students in Algebra 7 but concepts will be covered in greater depth and at a faster pace. Extension activities and challenge problems are an integral part of the program. Additionally, Advanced Algebra 7 students will learn about factoring polynomials and computation with polynomials. Students who are successful in this program may transition to Algebra II or Advanced Algebra II in grade eight.


Grade 8

Algebra 8
The Algebra 8 program will continue the development of skills and concepts acquired in Pre-Algebra 7 and Algebra 7 courses. Algebraic structure and language will be emphasized, as well as continued development of algebraic skills.  The scope of the program will include topics such as: linear equations, inequalities, functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponent rules and introduction to quadratics.

Upon successful completion of the course, students may transition to Math STAG 9 (CP) or Math STAG 9 Advanced (CP).  Additional coursework during the summer may be required for transition to Math STAG 9 (Advanced).

Algebra II
The Algebra II program will continue the development of skills and concepts acquired in Algebra 7 and Advanced Algebra 7 courses.  The course will cover the following topics: systems of linear equations, inequalities and absolute value, quadratics and factoring, polynomials, powers, roots and radicals, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational expressions and equations, data analysis and probability. At the end of this program students may transition to Math STAG 9 Advanced (CP) or Math STAG 9 (Honors).  Additional coursework during the summer may be required for students who wish to transition to Math STAG 9 (Honors).

Advanced Algebra II
The Advanced Algebra II program is designed for high functioning mathematics students who can work independently with advanced concepts. Students will cover the same topics as in the Algebra II course with greater depth and at a faster pace. The activities and problems will challenge the students and help them become more advanced mathematical thinkers. At the end of this program students may transition to Math STAG 9 (Honors) or Math 109 (Honors).