Middle School mathematics stresses performance in the basic operations using natural through real numbers and proficiency in working with percentages, fractions and decimals. Skill in solving and graphing equations and inequalities, performance in linear, square, and cubic measure, and practice with problems in statistics and probability are explored in depth. Problem solving and real world application are incorporated into daily lessons. Communication in the language of mathematics is emphasized through written reports and oral presentations in each grade. Appropriate and fluent use of technology is inherent in each course.
Emphasis in fifth grade mathematics is on the fundamental operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Graphing, probability, measurement, conversions, ratio and proportion, and geometry topics are also studied. Content is taught through a problem solving format allowing differentiation within the course and emphasizing application, flexibility and creativity.
Mathematics in the sixth grade is a bridge from arithmetic to upper level computation, problem solving and numerical relationships. The major mathematical content strands are: Number and Numeration; Operations and Computations; Data and Chance; Measurement; Geometry; Patterns, Functions, and Algebra. Woven throughout these content strands are algorithms, estimation, mental arithmetic, number sense, and problem solving. Content is taught through a problem solving format allowing differentiation within the course and emphasizing application, flexibility and creativity.
SEVENTH GRADE PRE-ALGEBRA
The seventh-grade pre-algebra course is designed to provide a strong foundation in the operations and properties of the real numbers to ensure a background in the concepts of arithmetic necessary for success in Algebra I. This course also covers topics in ratio, proportion, percent, probability, data analysis, graphing, basic geometry, with emphasis on an Algebraic approach. Content is taught through a problem solving format allowing differentiation within the course and emphasizing application, flexibility and creativity.
SEVENTH GRADE HONORS PRE-ALGEBRA
This is a fast-paced course designed to cover all of the topics taught in the regular Pre-Algebra course, as well as more advanced topics of Algebra I. Emphasis is placed on student-led learning and problem-solving skills. Technology is integrated throughout the course to allow students to explore mathematics in real world contexts and to help facilitate learning.
EIGHTH GRADE ALGEBRA I
The Algebra I course introduces students to the structure of algebra and the real number system. Solutions of linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables, laws of exponents and quadratic equations, and systems of linear equations are among topics stressed. Special attention is given to graphing and deriving equations of lines, operations with polynomials and linear systems. Special projects using technology to apply concepts are completed throughout the year.
EIGHTH GRADE HONORS ALGEBRA I
This course covers the same concepts as Algebra I, but in more depth and at a swifter pace. In addition to the regular Algebra I curriculum, students investigate topics such as rational exponents and nonlinear relationships. Emphasis is placed on self-directed exploration, problem-solving, analysis, and logical reasoning. Use of technology is emphasized.