The curriculum for 6-8 mathematics is designed to integrate out school mission with courses that both reinforce and challenge and are taught in a structured environment designed to encourage success. The scope and sequence of 6-8 emphasizes understanding and mastery of foundation skills (within a dual level system) for the smoothest possible transition to upper school curriculum. Regular department meetings enable us to be proactive in our desire to offer the best possible instruction for our students’ future success.
The course begins with problem solving to introduce algebra and geometry. The focus continues with analyzing data, number theory, functions, percents, using integers, and equations. Fractions, decimals, and conversions are integrated with ratios and proportion. Geometry and use of formulas to find perimeter, area and volume are studied. Problem solving is integrated into all topics covered.
Level A: One Year Course
Level B: Two Year Course
This course implements a shift from manipulative skills to a broader integrated curriculum. Students explore algebra and geometry uses in other areas of mathematics in verbal, graphical, and symbolic form. Units focus on integers, solving equations and inequalities rational numbers and conversions. Ratios, proportions, in addition to percent problems integrate with algebra and geometry. Functions and graphing are introduced, and operations with monomials are polynomials are explored.
Algebra I – 8
Algebra I is the study of the fundamentals of algebra; including operations with real numbers and polynomials, and linear equations, relations, functions, and systems. Introductory work with quadratics and other nonlinear functions is included. Emphasis is placed on skill mastery and problem solving.
This is a six-week course for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and is designed to reinforce and enhance the student’s math skills. Students work on problem-solving, logic, measurement, mental math, fractions, pre-algebra, and algebra skills. Other topics are included as needed.