There are two courses in the sixth grade math program, Foundational Concepts of Math and Honors Foundational Concepts in Math. The Foundational Concepts of Math curriculum explores and dissects probability, statistics, integers, introductory algebra, fractions, proportional reasoning, geometry and measurement. Students are actively involved in learning. The goal is to develop the student’s self-confidence relating to mathematics, as well as to develop the student’s ability to think logically and become an effective problem solver. Problem solving skills are woven throughout the curriculum in an effort to relate mathematics to the world around them. Students in Honors Foundational Concepts in Math will explore more challenging concepts while continuing to build a strong foundation of the basic skills needed to flourish throughout their math career. These higher-level concepts focus on critical thinking skills, using word problems, tax forms, compound and simple interest rates, and the stock market.
There are two courses in the seventh grade math program, Introduction to Algebra and Honors Introduction to Algebra. Students are placed in a challenging course that is most appropriate for their current skill level. Introduction to Algebra covers the concepts of Integers, Rational Numbers, Real Numbers and the Pythagorean Theorem, Proportions, Percent, Probability, Statistics, and Algebraic Equations. Honors Introduction to Algebra covers the concepts of Inductive and Deductive Reasoning, Number Sequences, Functions and Graphing, Large Numbers and Logarithms, Symmetry and Mathematical Mosaics, Multi-step Algebraic Equations, Data Exploration and Demographics. The objective of both courses is to provide students with continuous experience in open-ended problem solving and in the articulation of solution strategies. Instructionally, students are actively involved in the process of learning. Problem situations require individual and collective exploration, the formulation of conjectures, mathematical communication, and the mutual exchange of ideas.
The eighth grade mathematics curriculum offers instruction at four different levels. This allows for the best course fit for each individual student- the class where he will be challenged, but not overwhelmed. Algebra Topics provides a brief review of pre-algebra topics before moving into traditional Algebra I concepts. Algebra I is a rigorous, fast-paced course that covers linear and quadratic equations, culminating with rational expression and equations. Honors Algebra I covers all of the above and extends to advanced algebraic topics such as irrational expressions, exponential functions, and logarithms. Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry covers all of the above algebraic concepts and adds the study of conic sections and a full trimester of trigonometry. The emphasis in all of these courses is on problem solving and real-life application.