Middle School Mathematics Courses
Math 6 is a rigorous grade-level course designed to provide students with a strong mathematical foundation to meet 6th grade math standards. Areas of focus include (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.
Math 7 is a grade level course designed to provide students with a strong mathematical foundation to meet 7th grade math standards. Areas of focus include (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples
A grade level course designed to provide students with a sufficient mathematical foundation to meet the 8th grade national common core standards. Areas of focus include (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
High School Math Classes
The Algebra I course content focuses on four critical areas: (1) deepening and extending understanding of linear and exponential relationships; (2) contrasting linear and exponential relationships with each other and engaging in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions; (3) extending the laws of exponents to square and cube roots; and (4) applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Practical applications are addressed through the solution of word problems or performance tasks.
The objective of the Geometry course is to help the student understand plane and space relationships. Topics of focus include: (1) establishing criteria for congruence of triangles based on rigid motions; (2) establishing criteria for similarity of triangles based on dilations and proportional reasoning; (3) informally developing explanations of circumference, area, and volume formulas; (4) applying the Pythagorean Theorem to the coordinate plane; (5) proving basic geometric theorems; and (6) extending work with probability. Practical applications are addressed through the solution of word problems or performance tasks.
Algebra II complements and expands the mathematical concepts of Algebra I and Geometry. Students gain experience in (1) relating arithmetic of rational expressions to arithmetic of rational numbers; (2) expanding understandings of functions and graphing to include trigonometric functions; (3) synthesizing and generalizing functions and extend understanding of exponential functions to logarithmic functions; and (4) relating data display and summary statistics to probability and explore a variety of data collection methods. Graphing calculators are used to enhance understanding.