MS Mathematics

Math 6

Math 6 is a course designed to deepen understanding of mathematical concepts and strengthen math skills in a variety of topics including: whole numbers, decimals, number theory and fractions, operations with fractions, ratios, proportions, percents, integers, basic geometry, algebraic expressions and equations. The Math 6 course also gives students frequent opportunities to discuss and explain their mathematical thinking, to explore a variety of problem-solving strategies and to connect mathematics with real-life situations. Math 6 students typically progress to Pre-Algebra 7.

Math 6 Co-taught

This course parallels but is not wholly equivalent to the Math 6 curriculum. Students review arithmetic skills and build number sense throughout the year while studying whole numbers, decimals, number theory and fractions, operations with fractions, ratios, proportions, percents, integers, basic geometry, measurement and inequalities. Math 6 Co-taught students typically progress to Pre-Algebra 7.

Pre-Algebra (Grade 6)

Pre-Algebra 6 serves as a bridge from arithmetic to a more formal study of topics in both Algebra and Geometry. This fast-paced course combines elements of the Pre-Algebra 7 curriculum (operations with rational numbers, factors and multiples, ratios and percents, exponents, expressions, multi-step equations, geometric relationships, coordinate graphing) with a variety of other mathematical explorations including data analysis, Venn diagrams, radicals, imaginary numbers, and functions. Pre-Algebra 6 students typically progress to Algebra 1 in 7th grade.

Pre-Algebra (Grade 7)

This course reinforces mathematical skills taught in the grade six classes with additional advanced computation including an emphasis on Algebraic concepts, data analysis, and probability. Students study fractions, decimals, percents, integers and rational numbers. They become more proficient in using ratios, proportions and solving algebraic equations. Students will develop and expand problem solving skills (creatively and analytically) in order to solve word problems. Students continue to practice using math skills to solve word problems and to think creatively and analytically. Pre-Algebra 7 students typically progress to Algebra I or Transition Algebra.

Pre-Algebra 7 Co-taught

This course reinforces mathematical skills taught in the grade six classes with additional advanced computation including an emphasis on Algebraic concepts, data analysis, and probability. Benefitting from the support of two classroom teachers, students in Pre-Algebra 7 Co-taught study fractions, decimals, percents, integers and rational numbers. They become more proficient in using ratios, proportions and solving algebraic equations. Students will develop and expand problem solving skills (creatively and analytically) in order to solve word problems. Students continue to practice using math skills to solve word problems and to think creatively and analytically. Pre-Algebra 7 Co-taught students typically progress to Algebra I or Transition Algebra.

MS Algebra (Grade 7)

Algebra 1 lays a strong foundation for more advanced work in mathematics. In this fast paced course, students practice operations in the real number system; write, solve and graph linear and absolute value equations and inequalities; work with exponents and linear systems; investigate properties of quadratic, exponential and rational equations and functions, and explore a variety of problem-solving strategies. A TI-84+ is required for this course. Students take a Trimester I exam and a year-end examination. Placement is based on teacher recommendation, performance in previous math classes and a Bullis placement assessment. 7th grade Algebra 1 students typically progress to 8th grade Geometry.

Transition Algebra (Grade 8)

Transition Algebra lays the foundation for continued work in Algebra and Geometry. This course parallels but is not wholly equivalent to the Algebra 1 curriculum. Students review Pre-Algebra skills and address fundamental Algebra concepts in depth. Students practice operations in the real number system; write, solve and graph linear equations and inequalities; work with exponents and linear systems; investigate properties of quadratic equations and functions and explore a variety of problem-solving strategies. A TI-84+ is required for this course. Students take a Trimester I exam and a year-end examination. Placement is based on teacher recommendation, performance in previous math classes and a Bullis placement assessment. Transition Algebra students typically progress to 9th grade Algebra.

MS Algebra I (Grade 8)

Algebra 1 lays a strong foundation for more advanced work in mathematics. Students practice operations in the real number system; write, solve and graph linear and absolute value equations and inequalities; work with exponents and linear systems; investigate properties of quadratic, exponential and rational equations and functions and explore a variety of problem-solving strategies. A TI-84+ is required for this course. Students take a Trimester I exam and a year-end examination. 8th grade Algebra 1 students progress either to Geometry or to Advanced Geometry in 9th grade.

MS Geometry (Grade 8)

Discovering Geometry is an investigative approach to learning Geometry. It is designed to engage the student and designed to "learn by doing". Topics include reasoning, standards of proof, dimensions, properties of planar figures, surface area and volume, and an introduction to trigonometry. Review of Algebra concepts is interspersed with other topics. Geometry students progress either to Algebra II or Honors Algebra II in 9th grade.


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