Math 6: This is a rigorous course that builds a strong foundation for future math courses by emphasizing number sense and problem solving, preparing students to take Algebra as 8th graders. Students will be introduced to linear equations, inequalities, statistics, probability, and geometry. This course includes operations with fractions, decimals, and integers. Students, who successfully complete Math 6, are on target to complete all UC/CSU requirements in high school.
The majority of incoming sixth graders will be placed in Math 6. Pre-algebra is considered an advanced placement for 6th graders. Student placement for the 6th grade math course will be primarily determined by a student's spring MAP score. Students who score at least a 248 will be placed in pre-algebra.
Pre-Algebra: The topics in pre-algebra include an emphasis on solving multi-step equations including those involving rational numbers, graphing linear equations and inequalities, and problem solving. Students will continue their exploration of statistics, geometry, properties of exponents, and consumer mathematics.
Pre-Algebra Support: Pre-Algebra with support is a course designed to enhance a student's number sense skills while continuing to cover the necessary topics in the 7th grade curriculum. The placement for this course will be determined by a student's MAP scores in 6th grade and by teacher recommendation.
Algebra: The topics in Algebra include an emphasis on solving systems of equations, solving and graphing quadratics, polynomials, problem solving and rational expressions. Placement in Algebra will be based on MAP scores and teacher recommendation based on performance in Pre-Algebra.
Algebra Readiness: The topics in Algebra Readiness include an emphasis on fractions, integers, solving equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations, and problem solving. This course continues the work that was begun in the Pre-Algebra Support class to prepare students for Algebra in high school.
Geometry: The topics in Geometry include geometric constructions, proof writing, inductive and deductive reasoning, properties and attributes of polygons and circles, spatial reasoning, and an introduction to trigonometry. The Geometry course also introduces some of the advanced algebraic concepts that students will encounter in Algebra 3-4. This course is for those students who have successfully completed Algebra 1-2 based on test scores and teacher recommendation.
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