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    Middle School Math
    Guidelines for Opting Up
    2019-2020

    For a number of years SPS students have had the option of opting into a math class that is one course beyond the next in sequence. Below are some of the skills and knowledge that a student should have mastered before opting in to an above grade-level course. Please note: Middle Schools have authority to make final registration decisions based on other information and space available in specific courses.
    Course           
    Prerequisite skills and knowledge
    Math 7
    • Fluently add, subtract, multiply and divide positive fractions and multi-digit decimals; calculate percent.
    • Understand negative number values and the absolute value of a number.
    • Understand how letters (variables) are used to represent numbers in a variety of situations.
    • Solve one variable equations and inequalities.
    • Use multiplication and division reasoning to solve real-world ratio and rate problems.
    Note: Any student whose report card reflects he or she was taught Grade 6 Math standards in 5th grade will automatically be enrolled in Math 7.
     Math 8
    • Fluently add, subtract, multiply and divide both positive and negative fractions, multi-digit decimals and percent.
    • Solve mathematical and real-world problems using multi-step expressions, equations and inequalities that include variables.
    • Solve and understand problems involving proportional relationships and percent, including applications with similar geometric figures, discounts and tips.
    • Generate equivalent algebraic expressions.
    Note: Any student whose report card reflects he or she was taught Grade 7 Math standards in 5th grade will automatically be enrolled in Math 8.
    Algebra 1
    • Know and apply the properties of integer exponents.
    • Solve equations with one variable and pairs of equations with two variables.
    • Compare graphs, equations, tables, and verbal descriptions of functions.
    • Generate equivalent algebraic expressions.
    • Use graphs, equations and tables to represent real-world situations and solve problems.
    • Understand congruence and similarity; fluently solve problems applying this understanding.
    • Understand, use and apply the Pythagorean theorem

    Families are encouraged to be thoughtful about their math enrollment decisions. Students and parents/guardians should carefully consider a student’s math acuity, confidence, work ethic and strength of foundational mathematics skills before enrolling in an accelerated math pathway.

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