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Advanced Math - Grade 6

The Advanced Math for sixth graders is a fast-paced program designed to aid students in building an understanding of math skills and concepts through visualization and pictorial representations. Once they have a solid understanding they will then move on to symbolic representations. Student activities focus on positive and negative numbers, multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals, ratios, rate, percent, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, the coordinate plane, area, perimeter, surface area and volume of 2- and 3- dimensional figures, as well as an introduction to statistics. Multiple methods of assessment will be utilized to shape the students’ mathematical experiences. The major focus of this course is to build confidence in problem solving.

Math - Grade 6

The sixth grade math program is designed to demonstrate the application of mathematical concepts to real-world situations. Student activities focus on positive and negative numbers, multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals, ratios, rate percent, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, the coordinate plane, area, perimeter, surface area and volume of 2- and 3-dimensional figures, as well as an introduction to statistics. Multiple methods of assessment will be utilized to shape the students’ mathematical experiences. The major focus of this course is to build confidence in problem solving. Throughout the year, students will gain better understanding of new concepts through visualization and pictorial representations. Once they have a solid understanding, they will then move on to symbolic representations.

Advanced Pre-Algebra - Grades 7 & 8

The Advanced Pre-Algebra approach allows for a deeper exploration into algebraic concepts. These concepts consist of arithmetic operations with fractions, decimals and percentages, ratios and proportions, solving equations and inequalities, and spatial reasoning and geometry. There is also an introduction to coordinate geometry. These concepts will allow the students to appreciate the use of algebra in everyday situations.   Technology will be appropriately utilized to facilitate conversation, discussion and debate in the classroom.

Pre-Algebra - Grade 7

The seventh grade Pre-Algebra course teaches students the knowledge of structure, functioning and reasoning in the mathematical process. Significant mathematical topics such as arithmetic operations with fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, equation solving, spatial reasoning and geometry, and an introduction to coordinate geometry are presented so that students have the opportunity to develop the mathematical maturity necessary for the study of algebra. Pre-Algebra links elementary arithmetic with the abstractions of algebra. Technology will be appropriately utilized to facilitate conversation, discussion and debate in the classroom.

Algebra I Honors - Grades 7 & 8

Providing in-depth instruction at an accelerated pace, the Algebra I Honors course is designed to foster in students the critical thinking and real-world problem solving skills needed as the foundation of true algebraic reasoning.  Multiple representations will be emphasized as a key to effective mathematical modeling – students will become skilled at solving practical problems through the use of symbols, graphs, tables, diagrams and technology.  After solving problems through this varied course of study, students will check the reasonableness of any result; the “language” of algebra will be emphasized as a key to the meaningful interpretation of any conclusion.  By the end of the course, students will be able to graph linear and quadratic functions, solve multi-step equations and inequalities, simplify and factor polynomials, and interpret the solutions to systems of equations. This is a

Pennsylvania state Keystone assessed course.

 

The following middle school courses will receive a transfer credit onto the high school transcript: 

Algebra I – Honors, Geometry – Honors, and all world language level I courses.  

However, these grades will not be calculated into the students’ QPA.

Geometry Honors - Grade 8

Geometry will help the student to perceive the role of inductive and deductive reasoning in both mathematical and non-mathematical situations. Furthermore, the student will learn to appreciate the need for clarity and precision of language. The course includes discussion on the subject of deductive proofs, angles and perpendicular lines, parallel lines, congruent triangles, circles, areas and volumes of solid and plane figures and an introduction into coordinate geometry. A TI-83+ or TI-84+ graphing calculator is strongly recommended.

 

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