The middle school math program enables students to expand their skill base while challenging them with activities that foster growth, deeper understanding, and open communication. Students practice problem-solving strategies and critical thinking allowing for discussion, investigation, and self-discovery of concepts and their applications.
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Fifth grade mathematics challenges students to strengthen their skills and integrate their understanding of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents, geometry, measurement, and the coordinate plane. Students practice basic operations throughout the year, and problem solving is encouraged as students investigate strategies and creative solutions to complex problems. A variety of activities, including the use of manipulatives and technology, give them a concrete understanding of the topics and a firm foundation upon which to build.
Mathematics instruction in grade 6 provides a formal and solid development of the skills, strategies, and concepts necessary for students to succeed in advanced, subsequent courses. In particular, the instructional program in this course provides for the use of pre-algebraic skills in a wide range of investigations and problem-solving situations, as well as, instruction and practice for the solidification of foundational algorithms. Topics include operations with fractions and decimals, working with percent, ratios and rates, algebraic expressions and equations, working with integers, analyzing data and graphs, and some of the basics of geometry.
Seventh grade Pre-Algebra provides a formal development of the skills and concepts needed for a successful transition into Algebra 1 in eighth grade. This course provides a wide range of problem-solving and critical thinking activities. Instruction and practice solidifies the foundational algorithms of algebra. Topics include operations with integers and rational numbers, proportions and similarity, an introduction to the fundamentals of Algebra including solving algebraic equations, linear relationships, functions, and the basics of geometry.
All students in eighth grade take Algebra 1 in a supportive environment which meets the needs of the individual learner. Students have the opportunity to work both collaboratively and independently on problem solving and critical thinking activities. Topics include linear equations, functions, and inequalities, polynomials, quadratics, functions and their graphs, and rational, radical, and exponential expressions and equations.