6th Grade Math
Students are introduced to various topics needed to successfully move on to Pre-Algebra and Algebra I. Teachers focus on strengthening basic math understandings and computational skills necessary for further study of mathematics and relevant real-life situations. Topics include operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions, measurement, ratios and proportions, percents, elementary geometry, statistics, and probability. Designing a furniture floor plan within a given space and budget is one of the projects that helps students apply their growing skills to real world problems.
Flexible groupings in the first two trimesters of the year ensure students receive appropriate challenges and supports. If necessary, students are placed in ability-based groups in the third trimester. The course is based on the Connected Math Program and enrichment materials are drawn from the Art of Problem Solving.
7th Grade Math
Students in 7th grade math solidify foundations such as place value, number theory, computation of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, study ratio, proportion, and percent , 2 and 3 dimensional geometry. Students are also are eased into pre-algebra work using variables, expressions and basic algebraic equations, working with integers, explore coordinate planes and graphing in relation to functions, and work with data and statistics.
Students who need more support in math will be placed in this class, moving onto to Pre-Algebra in 8th grade. The goal is to prepare students to begin high school level Algebra I upon matriculating to high school.
Building their conceptual understanding and skills towards Algebra I, students use variables and expressions to solve equations and inequalities; apply factors, fractions, and exponents to various problems; use ratios, proportions, and percents; analyze data; begin to analyze geometry with algebra; study right triangles and angle relationships; and explore linear functions and their graphs. Projects include programming a screen saver using linear functions and making comparisons about real-world phenomena using statistical techniques.
Students who have demonstrated a strong performance in mathematics but are not quite ready to begin formal algebra in 7th grade will be placed into Pre-Algebra, which will lead into Algebra I in 8th grade. These students will be ready to begin Geometry upon matriculating to high school.
In Algebra I students move on to solving linear equations, functions, and inequalities; solving quadratic and exponential functions and equations; exploring rational and radical functions; and factoring quadratic and polynomial expressions. Exploratory topics include cryptography and number theory. Students also engage in building mathematical models to analyze real world situations.
Students with qualifying IAAT scores will be placed into Algebra 1 in 7th grade, which will then be followed by Geometry in 8th grade. Students in this track will be prepared to begin Algebra 2 upon matriculating to high school.
In Geometry, students approach geometric concepts via the classic Euclidean approach. After laying the groundwork with assumptions and postulates, students then use deductive reasoning to analyze the properties of various geometric shapes and objects with particular attention paid to triangles and circles. Additionally, students study basic trigonometry and selected aspects of non-Euclidean geometry.