The Middle School math curriculum is a three-year sequence that emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking through the study of mathematics. The Middle School mathematics department strives to ensure that all students receive a high-quality mathematics education.
The grade-level curricula were created based on National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and New York State Education Department standards. The result is a focused curriculum where students are expected to reach certain levels of conceptual understanding and procedural fluency by certain points in the curriculum.
Students may complete the three-year sequence in two or three years. Students who complete the sequence at the end of seventh grade are placed in a ninth grade level math course, Integrated Algebra, in eighth grade.
The mathematics department strives to provide a challenging and comprehensive program, structured to the abilities and needs of all students in sixth through eighth grades. Early testing, ongoing assessments, differentiated instruction and teacher observations all serve to provide suitable placement of students, helping them transition from sixth grade classes with a range of learners to seventh grade classes whose composition is more closely aligned in ability and instructional pace. Eighth grade placements provide for additional levels in preparation for ninth grade high school placement.
Middle School is a period of enormous growth and change in all aspects of an adolescent's development. As a result, students' intellectual, emotional and physical development must be taken into consideration in the placement and continued assessment of their work and capabilities. Because of this maturation process, students who are placed in the grade level math program in seventh grade and whose instructional progress warrants a change in placement to the advanced math level, will have an opportunity to move into the advanced class as early as the end of the first marking period in seventh grade and as late as Thanksgiving of their eighth grade year.
Heterogeneous class that covers the sixth grade curriculum and begins the seventh grade curriculum
Grade level – Completes the seventh grade curriculum and begins the eighth grade curriculum
Advanced level – Completes the seventh and eighth grade curricula
Grade level – Completes the eighth grade curriculum and reviews a few ninth grade topics
Advanced level – Completes the Integrated Algebra course (ninth grade); students take the New York State Integrated Algebra Regents at the end of eighth grade(see below for eighth grade curriculum details)