The sixth grade math curriculum has three main components. In the first trimester, students focus on exploring math concepts with data covering the collection, organization, interpretation and analysis of data through the design and reading of graphs. Students investigate the meaning and application of mean, median and mode and the use of range creating graphs. Through this study, students also explore magnitude of large and small numbers, patterns and concepts in number relationships through a variety of problem solving situations. During the second trimester, students move on to an exploration of concepts, algorithms, interpretations and applications of operations with fractions, decimals and percents. During the third trimester Geometry unit, studies center on the vocabulary, logic and formulas of spatial mathematics and the exploration of properties of two-dimensional polygons using manipulative materials and models. Arriving at formulas for finding perimeter and area, students then apply these formulas to solving problems based on drawings and word problems. In working with circles, students discuss the concept of mathematical constants and apply pi to finding circumference and area.
The primary goal of 7th grade mathematics instruction is to equip all students to reason and communicate proficiently in mathematics. By the end of the year students should have the ability to use the vocabulary, forms of representation, materials, tools & techniques, and intellectual methods of the discipline. The curriculum is designed to impart the basic skills and knowledge to succeed in the study of Algebra in 8th grade.
The approach blends problem-centered instruction with basic skills work to make sure that students are not only successful problem solvers but also have the ability to perform mathematical computations accurately and efficiently. Students are asked to explore engaging problems in number operations, probability and algebra. Modules from the Connected Mathematics Program are used in conjunction with carefully selected outside resources to provide an enriching mathematics curriculum.
A firm grounding in algebra is essential for success in all higher level mathematics and sciences. The eighth grade curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students at different levels based upon a continuum of concrete to abstract thinking abilities. Our students will take a full Algebra I course which incorporates graphical investigations using the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator. One section of eighth grade math will work with algebraic topics at a more accelerated level.
Students who continue taking math each year will complete their senior year with college-level calculus and/or statistics. They should be prepared to take the Advanced Placement exam at the end of their calculus or statistics course, if they choose.
Students taking the accelerated algebra-based course are eligible to take the accelerated course the following year. If they continue at that level, they will stay in the enhanced courses through the twelfth grade when they would prepare for a college-level calculus course and should be prepared to take the BC Advanced Placement exam, if they choose.