Mathematics

Mathematics Courses

 

The mathematics program offers a variety of courses designed to accommodate and appropriately develop mathematical proficiency. Courses within the middle school are part of the mathematical sequence in which students make the transition from arithmetic skills and concepts to the more abstract study of algebra and geometry. All courses taught within the mathematics program will include skills developed through a study of concepts, real-world applications and problem-solving experiences.

Required Course

ALGEBRA 1 Image of an apple which stands for a seventh grade course Image of a book which stands for an eighth grade course image of keystone representing a keystone course

(Full Year, 6 Periods Per Cycle)
Level 6.0 (Honors)
2106AK

This accelerated mathematics course will be offered to selected seventh grade students who meet the established criteria for exceptional mathematical ability and interest and who demonstrated an understanding of pre-algebraic concepts. This course will develop basic algebraic concepts, principles and manipulations. The curriculum will be the same as that of all district Algebra 1 courses, although the depth of study and rate of progress is greater than courses offered at later grade levels. Major topics include functions, linear equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials, factoring, graphing, quadratic equations, proportions, radicals and applications. This is a Keystone Exam course.

PRE-REQUISITE FOR ALGEBRA 1: Qualifying score on placement rubric. Rubric components are the common unit assessment scores, midterm exam grade, and the Algebra and Geometry Prognostic Tests.

PRE-ALGEBRA 7 Image of an apple which stands for a seventh grade course

(Full Year, 6 Periods Per Cycle)
Level 5.0
2075

This course will provide targeted, systematic instruction of Pre-Algebra concepts that focuses on rebuilding the key progressions to support students with success in Algebra 1, as defined by the PA Core standards. Also, this course will focus on providing students with additional reinforcement and scaffolding in mathematics. Major topics include rational numbers, ratios and proportions, equalities, inequalities, two and three dimensional geometry, statistics, probability and applications. Gaps in students’ skills will be addressed through the use of direct instruction, personalized learning and collaborative learning.

PRE-ALGEBRA 7 Image of an apple which stands for a seventh grade course

(Full Year, 6 Periods Per Cycle)
Level 6.0 (IEP required for enrollment)
2076C

Level 6.0 (Honors)
2076
This course is designed to prepare students for Algebra 1. Major topics include rational numbers, exponents, functions, linear equations and systems of linear equations, scatterplots, angles, congruence and similarity. Most students enrolled in this course will continue into Algebra 1 in eighth grade.

GEOMETRY Image of a book which stands for an eighth grade course

(Full Year, 6 Periods Per Cycle)
Level 6.0 (Honors)
2206A

This course includes the study of plane and solid figures, similarity, congruence, postulates, theorems, use of mathematical proof, constructions, area and volume. The concepts of space geometry (solid) are introduced in the course and used thereafter. Students are also introduced to elementary ideas of plane analytical geometry. Algebra topics are included periodically throughout this course.

PRE-REQUISITE FOR GEOMETRY: Proficient on the Algebra 1 Keystone AND a grade of C or higher. Any student with a grade of D or lower will be recommended to retake the Algebra 1 course.

ALGEBRAIC CONCEPTS Image of a book which stands for an eighth grade course

(Full Year, 6 Periods Per Cycle)
Level 5.0
2085

This course will provide targeted, systematic instruction of Algebraic concepts that focuses on rebuilding the key progressions for students who continue to need additional support for success in Algebra 1, as defined by the PA Core standards. Major topics include rational numbers, exponents, functions, linear equations and systems of linear equations, scatterplots, angles, congruence and similarity. Gaps in students’ skills will be addressed through the use of direct instruction, personalized learning and collaborative learning.

ALGEBRA - OPERATIONS AND EQUATIONS Image of a book which stands for an eighth grade course

(Full Year, 6 Periods Per Cycle)
Level 6.0 (IEP required for enrollment)
2106AC

Level 6.0
2106A

This course is specifically designed for students who will benefit from targeted instruction on algebraic concepts before focusing on the Algebra 1 standards. The first half of this course will address expressions and equations with radicals and integer exponents; mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variable; and dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections on two-dimensional figures using coordinates. The second half of this course will address Algebra 1 topics such as equations and inequalities, polynomials and factoring. Students who successfully complete this course will continue learning the remaining Algebra 1 concepts in Algebra-Functions and Data Representation in ninth grade. This course sequence will culminate with the Keystone Algebra Exam at the end of the second year. 

Image of an apple which stands for a seventh grade course = Seventh Grade Course / Image of a book which stands for an eighth grade course = Eighth Grade Course / image of keystone representing a keystone course = Keystone Course
Final deadline for students and/or parents to initiate requests for course changes is May 1, 2020.